NYU Langone's Division Of Gastroenterology Announces Honorees Of The 2nd Annual J. Christopher Burch Award For Humanism In Medicine With The Support Of Philanthropist And Entrepreneur Christopher Burch
NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Patient-centered care is a key component of NYU Langone's Division of Gastroenterology clinical mission, providing physicians with educational training in and resources for practicing the art of medicine, and is as important as training in the science of medicine. It is in the spirit of this principle that the Division of Gastroenterology has been working to expand and enhance its Patient-Centered Care Curriculum, established to optimize physician-patient communication and patient experience.
With support from entrepreneur and philanthropist Christopher Burch, the director of the Division of Gastroenterology Mark B. Pochapin, MD, along with faculty members Elizabeth H. Weinshel, MD and Sophie M. Balzora, MD created the Patient-Centered Care Curriculum for faculty. The curriculum consists of a number of educational activities, including lectures, roundtables, and educational objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) simulation sessions. One OSCE session, for example, was structured as part of an IRB study protocol and was designed such that faculty interacted with actors as "standardized patients" in challenging clinical scenarios such as having to tell a patient she had a specific type of cancer or needing to explain a procedure-related complication. The physicians not only received feedback from the trained "patients," but also were able to review and evaluate their own performance privately, via videotape. Preliminary study results indicated that participants found the exercise beneficial for their clinical practice skills and also pointed to areas in need of further faculty development. Mark B. Pochapin, MD, the Sholtz-Leeds Professor of Gastroenterology and director of the Division of Gastroenterology, was among the first faculty members to go through the exercise. "After over 20 years of practicing medicine, I found this to be one of the most effective methods I have seen for teaching physicians how to view the clinical interaction from the patient perspective and thus provide a more patient-centered experience," says Dr. Pochapin. "Empathy and compassion are extremely critical to a patient's care and recovery," says Burch. "My own positive experience with Dr Pochapin as a patient at NYU Langone prompted me to support this extraordinary program and bring attention to the incredible work of the staff there."