SIDEBAR: How the Schwartz Center Rounds Program Works

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The Schwartz Center Rounds program utilizes a case-based format to present information about an identified topic and stimulate discussion among Rounds participants. A physician leader and planning committee choose a case and topic and identify a panel of professional caregivers to share their perspectives on the social and emotional challenges raised by that case. A trained facilitator then encourages dialogue among participants from diverse disciplines, including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals, and chaplains. Most health-care institutions conduct the program on a monthly or bimonthly basis.

At many Schwartz Center Rounds sites, physicians, nurses, and social workers are eligible to receive continuing education credits for attending. Requirements vary by state. Attendance at Rounds sessions can also help satisfy Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competency requirements for postgraduate residency programs. ■

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