"Ethics of Healthcare Communication"

Lecture Interprofessional Education Collaborative

David Browning, MSW, BCD

Learning from Relationships and Conversations:  Everyday Ethics in Health Care

This workshop will explore the reaction of participants to several short award-winning films in which patients, family members and health care professionals talk about their experience.  By listening closely to their stories, we will examine the ethics built into the relationships that develop among practitioners, patients and families, as well as the conversations that unfold among us on a daily basis.

Participants will be able to:

•    Describe what patients and family members want in their relationships with healthcare professionals
•    Explain key ingredients in successfully engaging in difficult conversations with patients and families
•    Reflect upon several key methods for improving relationships and communication with patients and families


David M. Browning, MSW, BCD is Senior Scholar and Co-Director of Patient Safety and Quality Initiatives at the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School.  His practice as a medical educator is aimed at promoting collaborative learning to bring about enhanced professionalism, improved clinical practice, and organizational change.  His current educational projects focus on the everyday ethics of healthcare communication in patient safety endeavors and on improving care integration and coordination within the medical home. He is a member of the CHB Ethics Advisory Committee and a recipient, along with the rest of the IPEP leadership team, of the CHB Academy’s 2010 Medical Educator Award for Innovative Scholarship in Medical Education. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Browning was a Senior Research Scientist at Education Development Center, Inc., where he directed the Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care, a nationally-acclaimed, interdisciplinary educational program for clinicians serving children with life-threatening conditions and their families. 

Mr. Browning is currently one of nine fellows in the Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. He is a recipient of the Social Work Leadership Development Award from the Open Society Institute, served as an advisor to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s College of Palliative Care, and was a faculty consultant to Advocating for Clinical Excellence, a transdisciplinary palliative care education project based at the City of Hope National Medical Center. He is a lecturer at Harvard Medical School and co-teaches the advanced practice seminar in the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Certificate Program at Smith College School for Social Work.  His recent publications have focused on the everyday ethics of healthcare communication in front-line practice.




InterProfessional Education Collaborative (IPEC); Multicultural & Diversity Services (MDS), Community and Public Health (CCPH)

8:30 AM11:30 AM
Ludcke Auditorium

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public