Have you ever noticed how care is provided in a doctor's office or in the hospital. It isn't just a single individual helping, but a whole team of knowledgeable and compassionate health care professionals working together to ensure the patient receives excellent care. Like any team, acquiring these skills of collaboration require years of experience beginning at the start of professional training. Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists among others all working side-by-side sharing information in a clear and empathic manner, performing procedures and helping guide care in the direction desired by the patient. Much must be learned and part of this knowledge relates to the ethics of how care is delivered. The Center for Ethics in Health Care is committed to model interprofessional education, teaching trainees of all health professions the needed skills to work effectively within a team. The Teaching Interprofessional Ethics (TIE) Team with representatives from the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry and programs of pharmacy and physician assistants, has created a dynamic curriculum in health care ethics, across the professions at all levels of training. The following educational series help the Center meet these goals:
- Interprofessional Ethics Fellowship Program: A 2-year program offered to interprofessionals to increase knowledge of ethical theory in practice, to enhance bioethical awareness, and to improve ethical decision-making by the application of ethical analysis and problem solving.
- Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series: Bringing national health care ethics leaders to OHSU to help train students and practicing professionals.
- Labby Senior Clinicians' Seminar: A gathering of emeritus and retired professionals who test new curriculum ideas through structured case-based learning exercises.
- Bioethics Study Group: A monthly meeting of health care professionals exploring timely ethical issues challenging the art and science of patient care.
- Kinsman Conference: An annual convention of health care ethics leaders across Oregon, sharing ideas and learning from each other.
- Developing Master Educators in Compassionate Communication: This pilot project will expand collaboration at OHSU to enhance the skills of a selected group of gifted faculty educators to not only model compassionate communication in their daily practice but ot more effectively educate health professionals at OHSU and across Oregon.