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Schwartz Center Rounds

Ohio State Behavioral Health’s STAR Program has introduced an exciting program to Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center!

Schwartz Center Rounds are multi-disciplinary forums where clinical caregivers and non-clinical faculty and staff discuss the social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients. The Rounds allow caregivers from multiple disciplines to come together on a regular basis to discuss the most challenging emotional and social issues they face in caring for patients. Round discussions have also led to important changes in healthcare practices and policies.

The Schwartz Center Rounds Planning Committee is comprised of Medical Center representatives from various Medical Center clinical and non-clinical disciplines. Leadership for this committee includes Senior Manager, Andrew Thomas, MD, Physician Leader, David Evans, MD and Facilitator, Kenneth Yeager, PhD.

Among caregivers who attend multiple Schwartz Center Rounds sessions:

  • 90% report better communication with their co-workers
  • 88% report a greater sense of teamwork
  • 88% report and enhanced ability to meet patients’ emotional and social needs
  • 75% report feeling less isolated and alone in their work

Academic Medicine (June 2010)

"Schwartz Center Rounds sessions are a place where people who don’t usually talk about the heart of the work are willing to share their vulnerability, to question themselves. The program provides an opportunity for dialogue that doesn't happen anywhere else in the hospital."
         - Participant


Schwartz Center Rounds Physician Leader, Dr. David Evans, discusses Caregivers and Anxiety: http://buckeyevoices.osu.edu/articles/2014/10/29/caregivers-and-anxiety/


Join us for the next Schwartz Center Rounds:

WHEN: Friday, December 4, 2015 (Noon-1:00 pm)
*Rounds occur every first Friday of the month with the exception of holidays

WHERE: Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium H1213

WHO: All clinical and non-clinical faculty and staff are welcomed to attend

We are now offering Schwartz Center Rounds at OSU East!

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 (Noon-1:00 pm)
*Rounds occur the first Tuesday of the month on a quarterly basis (August, November, February, May)

WHERE: University Hospital East- Wallace Auditorium


Future Topics:

Main Campus- December 4, 2015: Topic to be announced shortly
OSU East- February 2, 2016: A Team Approach to End of Life Care


Previous Topics:

  • The Unexpected Death of  Young Patient
  • The Loss of Multiple Beloved Patients
  • The Challenging Patient
  • The Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Population
  • ECMO Unit- Difficult Decisions and Ethical Dilemmas
  • When Media Compounds Staff Re-Traumatization
  • Emergency Care: When Lightning Strikes
  • A Triple Threat: Loss, Family Dynamics and the Risk of Violence in an Ambulatory Setting
  • Challenges in Caring for Inmates
  • Adherence vs. Autonomy: The Freedom to Make Bad Decisions
  • Building Resilience: A Schwartz Center Educational Session
  • Remembering A Smile (case from the Ross Heart Hospital)
  • Caring for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Patients
  • Emotional Difficulties in Withdrawing Life Support
  • Compassionate Care for Family Members in the S-ICU
  • Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Care of the Sickle Cell Patient Population (OSU East)
  • An Amazing Recovery Across the Systems of Care
  • Dealing with Life and Death in the Exact Same Moment
  • Challenges with the Ventricular Assist Device Population
  • Compassionate Care for the Challenging Patient (OSU East)
  • Managing the Stress of Difficult Patients for the Long Haul

Boxed lunches will be provided on a first come, first served basis

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Caitlin Willet, site coordinator, at Caitlin.Willet@osumc.edu.

To learn more about the Schwartz Center Rounds, visit http://theschwartzcenter.org