CME Office: 
Series date: 
02/24/2020 - 12:30pm PST to 12/07/2020 - 1:30pm PST
Course Description:

The Schwartz Center Rounds provides physicians and staff an arena in which to discuss the emotional impact and challenges of being a health care provider, with a goal of improving caregiver-patient relationships. Provides support and advances compassionate health care in which caregivers, patients, and their families relate to one another in a way that provides hope to the patient, support to caregivers and sustenance to the healing process.

The intent of this conference is to allow all health care providers, especially physicians, to recognize the effect of their work upon their own lives and to learn from others on the health care team about recognizing and managing the emotional impact of challenging clinical situations, such as caring for the demanding difficult patient, or caring for a co-worker. A hallmark of the program is interdisciplinary dialogue. Panelists from diverse disciplines participate in the Rounds, including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals and chaplains focusing on the human dimension of medicine and sharing perspectives on the case and broader related issues of emotional impact and challenges in dealing with difficult cases. Participants learn from their co-workers on how to address self-care and provide more compassionate patient care.


1. Enhance our ability to provide compassionate care by gaining insight on the effects of illness on the lives of patients, family members and clinicians.

2. Improve teamwork and communication by exploring physician's and staff's emotional responses to providing care in challenging cases.

3. Learn from colleagues about belief systems and behaviors that maybe unfamiliar or influenced by culture, ethnicity, religion, and other factors.


All physicians, and other health care providers.

Planning Committee:

Noman Absar, MD, APIC Hospital Operations, Cindy Calvillo, RN, COO, Charlotte Richardson, MSW, Social Services Manager, Kathy Parsi, MD, Palliative Care, Michelle Bushong, Care Experience, Huyen Friedlander, Employee Assistance Program, and Elizabeth Durkin, MD, Palliative Care, (complete list of committee members on file in CME office)


Kaiser Permanente Napa/Solano has determined that today's speaker and planner(s) do not have affiliations with any corporate organizations that may constitute a conflict of interest with this presentation.  Kaiser Permanente Napa/Solano takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.  Kaiser Permanente does not endorse any brand-name products.



Kaiser Napa/Solano is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Kaiser Napa/Solano designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Series location: 
Kaiser Permanente
1 Quality Drive
Vacaville, CA 95688
United States


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NSA 10/26/20 VAC Schwartz Rounds 10/26/2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm PDT
NSA 12/14/20 VAC Schwartz Rounds 12/14/2020 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm PST