Massachusetts Medical Society: Sustaining Compassion and Healing Trauma

Sustaining Compassion and Healing Trauma

Sustaining Compassion and Healing Trauma

Compassion in health care is cultivated by relationships based on empathy, dignity, and respect. The 27th Annual Ralph C. Monroe, MD Memorial Lectureship on Sustaining Compassion and Healing Trauma in the ‘Post-Pandemic’ World delivered on November 1, 2023 by Dr. Beth Lown addresses the importance of demonstrating compassion for patients, colleagues, and others in the health care workforce and how this translates to improved well-being. 

Beth Lown

Beth A. Lown, MD, FACH

Dr. Beth Lown is the Chief Medical Officer of The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining compassion through its programs, education, and advocacy so that all who seek and provide healthcare experience compassion.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lown leads The Schwartz Center’s thought leadership and content development. With her team and collaborators, she creates, implements, improves, and evaluates new initiatives, courses and programs, convenes conferences, and does research on compassion-related topics and measures. She works with national organizations to advocate for resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of the healthcare workforce. She consults and speaks locally, nationally, and internationally about compassion, wellbeing, and social support, and has taught communication and relational skills to health professionals across the continuum of learning for decades.

Her current focus is on supporting healthcare leaders by implementing actionable frameworks and programs to enable leadership teams to foster and sustain cultures of compassion and wellbeing in their organizations.

In addition to her work with The Schwartz Center, Dr. Lown is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and affiliate faculty at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the social neuroscience of the compassion cycle
  • Discuss approaches to support health workers and their compassion
  • Describe an initiative to foster compassionate, trauma- and resilience-informed organizational cultures  

    Course Fees
    Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Physician Member: $15.00
    MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
    Non-Member Physician: $30.00
    Non-Members Resident/Student: $7.50
    Allied Health Professional/Other: $12.00

    Format & Estimated Time to Complete
    Video recording, 45 minutes  

    Accreditation and Credit Information
    Accreditation Statement
    The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

    AMA Credit Designation Statement
    The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
    Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 0.75 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.  

    Exam/Assessment: A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

    Activity Term
    Original Release Date: November 16, 2023
    Review Date (s): N/A
    Termination Date: November 16, 2026

    System Requirements

    Windows 10
    Mac OSX 10.6 higher

    Most modern browsers including:
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    Safari 12+

    iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)

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