Patients, Physicians and Society (PPS)

The Patients, Physicians and Society course (PPS) takes place throughout the later portion of the year (Blocks 4-13) on Wednesday mornings for interns on an ambulatory block. The idea of the course is to explore the intersection of medicine and “real life,” delving into some of the more visceral and emotional aspects of the work we do every day. There are three broad topic areas that we hope to pursue this year, and we have many fun discussions and trips planned. The topic areas are:

  1. Humanities in medicine, self-care, and well-roundedness of the physician and trainee
  2. Seeing vulnerable patients in other settings (methadone clinic, homeless shelter, prison and jail)
  3. Death and end-of-life care, communication, and difficult conversations.

Mostly, our activities will be from 9am – 11am on Wednesday mornings (it’s listed on your amion). On rare occasions, PPS may bleed into chart review from 11-12, but we’ll always be done by noon. This has been a popular course in years past and we hope it will be a fun safe space to think a little more broadly and a little less clinically about our interactions with patients and each other.

Below is a tentative schedule for PPS for blocks 4-6. It is subject to change. You will receive an email one week prior confirming the time and place where we will meet for that week.  The schedule will be updated to include activities later on in the year.

Block 4

9/14/2016 HMC Art Tour with Peggy Weiss HMC, Ground West Lobby at 9AM
9/21/2016 “Being Mortal” viewing and discussion HMC, Ground West Lobby at 9AM
9/28/2016 “Finding Meaning in Medicine” with Mindy Stern TBD
10/5/2016 Tour of Evergreen Methadone Clinic with Joe Merrill Evergreen Treatment Services, 1700 Airport Way S, at 9AM.

Block 5

10/12/2016 HMC Art Tour with Peggy Weiss HMC, Ground West Lobby at 9AM
10/19/2016 Tour of Evergreen Methadone Clinic with Joe Merrill Evergreen Treatment Services, 1700 Airport Way S, at 9AM.
10/26/2016 “Finding Meaning in Medicine” with Mindy Stern TBD
11/2/2016 “Being Mortal” viewing and discussion HMC, Ground West Lobby at 9AM

Block 6

11/9/2016 HMC Art Tour with Peggy Weiss HMC, Ground West Lobby at 9AM
11/16/2016 Tour of Evergreen Methadone Clinic with Joe Merrill Evergreen Treatment Services, 1700 Airport Way S, at 9AM.
11/23/2016 “Finding Meaning in Medicine” with Mindy Stern TBD
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