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There has been a good deal of discussion in this space about the importance of supporting one’s peers following adverse medical events.  Certainly, MACRMI recognizes that clinician support is an integral part of any successful CARe like program.  At MITSS, we’ve been hearing less about making the case for clinician support and more about the need for tools and training.  Themes that arose following a MITSS/IHI sponsored education program this past summer included requests for more simulations and role plays, lessons learned from established programs, and tips and strategies on how to sustain such a program in the longer term.

We are, therefore, pleased to be presenting Clinician Support: Building a Program, Simulation and Role Play, Lessons Learned and Sustainability  to be held on Thursday, November 13th, 2014, from 1 to 4:30 pm at the Westin Boston Waterfront.  This is the same day as the MITSS Annual Dinner and Fundraiser which will be held in the evening (from 5:30 to 9 pm). 

MACRMI leadership members, Patricia Folcarelli and Melinda Van Niel, will join us as faculty for the event.  They will be discussing their experience with operationalizing a peer support program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Also on the agenda are Dr. Steve Pratt and Barbara DiTullio from the BIDMC who will be doing live role plays and simulations.  Sue Scott, architect of the UMissouri forYOU Team, the longest running peer support program in the country, will share lessons learned along UMissouri’s journey.   And, the agenda will include a panel discussion regarding new features and updates to the MITSS Clinician Support Tool Kit for Health Care.  Mt. Auburn Hospital’s Dr. Yvonne Cheung, Chair of the Department of Safety and Quality, will facilitate the event. 

It’s going to be a great day of learning, but seating is limited, so sign up today.  Click here for more information including a detailed agenda, faculty bios and to register.  

We would also encourage you to stay and attend our 13th Annual Dinner.  Our keynote speaker is Dr. Gary Kaplan from the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Washington, and we’ll have a terrific program planned.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.  Patient and family scholarships are available as well.  If you are interested, email or call me at (617) 232-0090. 

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