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Beth Lown, MD

Where We Are and Where We’re Going: A Conversation on Compassionate Healthcare

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn about the Schwartz Center’s inspiring vision to bring compassion to the heart of healthcare, and how their flagship program, Schwartz Rounds, is supporting clinicians around the world

  • Hear Dr. Lown’s perspective on the systemic shifts needed to support clinician mental health, resilience, and capacity to remain compassionate during this challenging time

  • Explore specific ideas on how we can address systemic racism in healthcare and the disparities that it causes

About Beth Lown, MD

Beth Lown is the Chief Medical Officer of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the relationships among patients, families and clinicians and advancing compassionate health care. In this role she develops and implements programs, curricula and research. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally about empathy, compassion and communication, and teaches these attributes and skills to health professionals across the continuum of learning. She has also served as president and board member of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. This service included organizing collaborative relationships and conferences with the European Academy on Communication in Healthcare. She has served on several test materials development and standard setting committees, task forces and consulting teams for Clinical/Communication Skills for the National Board of Medical Examiners and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (Step 2 of the USMLE). Dr. Lown is associate professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and director of Faculty Development at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA. She has co-led several fellowships in medical education for faculty within the Harvard Medical School system, and is the director of the only longitudinal interprofessional fellowship in health professional education in the Harvard Medical School system.

About Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, NC, is an emergency nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. In April - May, 2020, she traveled to NY to support a Brooklyn hospital in need during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. On the frontlines, she saw the toll that the virus ravaged on her patients' physiology, her co-workers' mental health, and on the social structures of the city itself. Previously she has worked in emergency, oncology, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work.

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  1. Regina Scudellari October 7, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for this conversation & thanks (as always) to Rheanna for coming to my home city of NYC to help & to my borough of Queens . We are facing an uptick in several parts of both Queens and Brooklyn & it is good to know that folks like you are here to help.

  2. Mayu Gonzalez October 5, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    There are not enough word to praise All of the participants in the Mindful Healthcare Summit.
    I am grateful for all the wisdom, the different windows opened to help us deal with our daily endeavors.

  3. Jean Ellis-Sankari October 5, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you both for this beautiful discussion. This is a wonderful note to end on today and for the summit.

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