Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice in an Interprofessional World

Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice in an Interprofessional World is a 1-day interprofessional faculty development course that offers the opportunity to learn about a variety of innovative concepts, methods and strategies for teaching and enhancing relational capacities, communication skills, attention to values and ‘everyday ethics’, professionalism, and interprofessional teamwork, collaboration and practice.

Course participants will have the opportunity to learn about and experience a variety of innovative relational teaching methods, and will also learn about the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare (italics), a teaching framework created by an interprofessional global collaborative to enhance attention to values and communication in healthcare globally.

We will create a safe environment for relational learning, experience a variety of teaching methods, and integrate patient / family, and interprofessional perspectives in innovative ways.

The course provides a rich opportunity for participants to observe and experience a variety of teaching methods and strategies including:

  • Realistic enactments (simulation) with professional actors, collaborative learning, reflection and feedback (The PERCS model)
  • Use of narratives for learning and reflection
  • Interprofessional collaboration and teamwork
  • Values and everyday ethics
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Videotape and discussion
  • Interactive presentation
  • Small group team-based learning
  • Large group discussion
  • Facilitated reflections

We will pause at several junctures, ask participants to step back from the learning process, and reflect together on our experience as learners and as medical / healthcare educators and clinicians. We will discuss the central teaching principles, outline their ethical and conceptual rationale, and consider how participants might usefully integrate the pedagogy (i.e., the method and practice of teaching) into educational and practice endeavors in their home institutions.

The small course size–– 20 to 30 participants––allows for a rich, learner-centered experience.

The course is designed for physicians in all specialties, interprofessional and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, medical / healthcare education leaders, and clinicians and practitioners who work with patients of any age across the lifespan in a variety of academic and clinical healthcare settings.


General Tuition:  $495.00
Early bird registration (by May 22, 2020):  $425.00

BCH Physicians, MD's, and DO's (20% discount): $396.00
BCH Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Physician Assistants (40% discount): $297.00

15% off total for institutions that send 4 or more


Learn more: http://www.ipepweb.org/workshop-schedule/difficult-conversations-in-healthcare/

Registration: https://bostonchildrens.cloud-cme.com/DifficultConversations2020

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm CDT
401 Park Drive Boston, MA