Renown/School of Medicine Partnership Link

Partnership Link

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Proud Partners for a Healthier Future in Northern Nevada

You Gave Feedback, We Listened!

Thank you to all those who participated in our recent Partnership Link survey. We collected some helpful and valuable responses that we are using to tailor this newsletter to what you'd like to see featured.

Based on feedback we received, we will be moving the newsletter to a monthly publication being sent the second Wednesday of each month.

Thank you for your readership of this newsletter and if you have story ideas or photos to share about the Renown Health/University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine partnership, please email them to Dr. Max Coppes or Dr. Melissa Piasecki

Students at the hotspotting training

Students Trained in Hotspotting Intervention

A team of six Division of Health Sciences students presented the experiences they gained as members of the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Mack Auditorium at Renown Health.

Amanda Hartman and Charlie Jose, School of Medicine; Robert Forrest, Courtney Tranberg and Reema Naik, School of Community Health Sciences; and Amanda Petry, School of Social Work participated in the six-month program, which trains interdisciplinary teams of professional students to work with complex medical and social needs through a patient-centered approach. Teams participate in online curriculum and monthly case conferencing, and receive mentoring and a curriculum learning guide.

The team followed three patients with multiple chronic conditions to learn about the healthcare delivery system through the patient perspective.

"Studying the social determinants of health was one thing, but seeing how [social factors] influenced everything from care plan compliance to patient-provider interaction was something else," explained team member Robert Forrest. "This experience will really stay with me."

The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative is presented by Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and co-hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Primary Care Progress, National Academies of Practice (NAP) and Council on Social Work Education. Key faculty support was provided by Tanya Phares, DO, MPH, Renown Health, and Gwen Shonkwiler, Ph.D., UNR Med.

Schwartz Rounds Offer Clinicians a Chance to Reflect on Social, Emotional Issues When Caring for Patients

What are Schwartz Center Rounds?

Not your traditional "Rounds." Schwartz Center Rounds is a multidisciplinary facilitated forum for physicians and other healthcare providers to reflect on the social, emotional and ethical issues they face when caring for patients. It is designed to ensure the provision of compassionate healthcare by:

  • Improving relationships and communication with patients and among caregivers
  • Enhancing support for caregivers
  • Providing a safe forum in which caregivers can share experiences, dilemmas, joys, concerns and fears (both for their patients and for themselves)

Max Coppes, M.D., PhD, MBA, Professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children's Hospital has attended a Swartz Round and values the educational and powerful experience they provide attendees.

"Although I have only been able to attend one of the Schwartz Center Rounds, I really feel they are extremely powerful and educational," Coppes says. "Learning is not and cannot solely be about increasing facts, it has to include experiential learning. Schwartz Center Rounds provides us with a unique opportunity to learn from behavior and response to challenging situations, both ours and that of others in the audience."

How Do Schwartz Center Rounds Work?

  • Each session features a different case/topic. A panel of presenters share their perspectives and experiences on the case/topics. Attendees are then encouraged to engage with the panel as well as share their own experiences.
  • Rounds will be held every other month, six times a year, from 11:45-1:00p in Mack Auditorium.

What are the Benefits of Schwartz Center Rounds?

Schwartz Rounds participants were surveyed in a research study conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The findings indicate:

  • 87% of respondents reported that the Rounds led to new ideas and strategies for challenging patient situations
  • 84% said the Rounds increased their compassion
  • 93% reported a greater appreciation for their colleagues from other disciplines
  • 88% gained a sense of belonging to the caregiver team

When & Where do Rounds Take Place?

The first Friday of every other month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mack Auditorium at Renown Regional Medical Center. Next rounds April 7, 2017 and will be focused on opioid dependency. 1.0 unit of Ethics CME credit is available for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists

Learn more about Schwartz Center Rounds

Max Coppes, M.D., Ph.D., MBA
Professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children’s Hospital

Melissa Piasecki, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Subscribe to the Partnership Link

The Partnership Link is aimed at keeping key partners informed with relevant and timely news regarding the partnership between Renown Health and the School of Medicine. Copyright © 2017 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.