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.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  All physicians, and other health care providers.

Location:  Vallejo, Education Center

Planning Committee:  Noman Absar, MD, APIC Hospital Operations, Debbie Raymond, RN, COO, Sharon Foster, RN, ICU RN Manager, Steven Priebe, PhD, IOP Coordinator, Buddy Greer, Ombudsman/mediator, Beth Eichenberger, Clinical Srv. Dir., DJ Chua, MD, Palliative Care,  Michael Mason, MD, APIC Geriatrics & Supportive Care (complete list of committee members on file in CME office)

Speakers:  Sharron Foster RN, Daniel-Joseph Chua, MD, HBS, Angela Kwong, MD, ED; Sheila Neckel, ANM, ED, Heather Barlow, MSW, and Rita Ga, RT


Kaiser Permanente Napa/Solano has determined that today's speaker and planner(s) do not have affiliations with any corporate organizations that may constittute a conflict of interest with this presentation.

Kaiser Permanente Napa/Solano takes responsibiliy 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 Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/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.


Session date: 
11/13/2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm PST
Kaiser Permanente
975 Sereno Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94589
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

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CME Office: 
Vallejo Medical Center
Conference room: 
Education Training Center, ETC