Schwartz Rounds

For UAB Employees Only (ID Badge Needed for entry)

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The stresses of today’s healthcare system threaten the delivery of compassionate care. Financial pressures and administrative demands mean less face-to-face time with the patient and a focus on diagnosis and treatment rather than the impact of illness on the patient and family.

Many caregivers today are anxious, frustrated and under pressure – with no structured outlet for expressing their feelings and little preparation for the difficult communication issues that are an inevitable part of patient care.

Schwartz Rounds meets on the fourth Friday of the month, January-October, from 12:00-1:00pm for UAB employees at UAB Hospital. It is an opportunity for employees to talk about the heart (emotions) of our work and how our work affects us. It is a time when we are willing to share our vulnerability and to question ourselves. It is self care at its best.

2017 Dates:  January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, and October 27.

A hallmark of the program is interdisciplinary dialogue. Panelists from diverse disciplines participate in the Rounds, including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals, and chaplains. After listening to a panel’s brief presentation on an identified case or topic, caregivers in the audience are invited to share their own perspectives on the broader related issues, the emotions and feelings that are stirred up in us in our daily care of other patients. Schwartz Rounds allow us to openly and honestly discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients.

In contrast to traditional medical rounds, the focus is on the human dimension of medicine. Professionals from all disciplines have an opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings on thought-provoking topics drawn from actual patient cases. The premise is that caregivers are better able to make personal connections with patients and colleagues when they have greater insight into their own responses and feelings.

Members of the UAB Department of Pastoral Care team serve on the planning committee with an interdisciplinary team for this monthly learning experience that involves more than two hundred employees.

Schwartz Center Rounds is a national movement that now takes place at 240 healthcare facilities in 35 states.

For more information, please contact one of the UAB Schwartz Rounds committee co-chairs: