Program Description: 

The Kern Institute Community & Institutional Engagement Pillar diligently works throughout the year to research and recruit world leaders in medical education to present Kern Grand Rounds at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The team proudly presents a monthly guest lecturer during the academic year whose area of expertise falls within the Triple Aim of Medical Education: Character, Caring, and Competence.

Does compassion really matter? Recent reports indicate that health care is currently in the midst of a compassion crisis. But the pivotal question is this: Does compassion really matter? Of course health care providers have a moral imperative to treat patients with compassion, and compassion is a cornerstone of the “art” of medicine. But is compassion just in the art of medicine, or are there also evidence-based effects of compassion belonging in the science of medicine? And, what is the evidence? In this talk, Dr. Trzeciak will tell the story of his two-year journey through the data in the biomedical literature to test the hypothesis that compassion matters – for patients, for patient care, and for those who care for patients. Compelling research shows that compassion has measurable beneficial effects on patients across a wide variety of conditions, and moves patients to take better care of themselves. Numerous studies show that compassion for patients is also associated with better quality of care and lower costs of care. Science supports that compassion is beneficial for the giver, too. Research shows that more caring in health care can promote resilience and resistance to burnout among health care providers. Participants in this educational activity will learn that compassion matters – in not just meaningful ways, but also measurable ways. 

Target audience: 
  • Physicians 
  • Nurses 
  • Physician Assistants 
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Pharmacists 
  • Psychologists 
Learning objectives: 

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:

  • Point out the evidence for a compassion crisis in health care
  • Analyze the evidence that compassionate care can have beneficial effects for patients
  • Evaluate the evidence that compassionate care can have beneficial effects for health care providers


    Faculty & credentials: 
    Jose Franco, MD
    Professor, Director, Kern Institute Community & Institutional Engagement Pillar 
    Associate Dean for Educational Improvement
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Christopher Davis, MD
    Asst. Professor, Trauma and Critical Care, Surgery
    Faculty, Kern Institute Community & Institutional Engagement Pillar 
    Medical College of Wisconsin 

    Elizabeth Ellinas, MD
    Professor, Anesthesiology
    Faculty, Kern Institute Community & Institutional Engagement Pillar 
    Medical College of Wisconsin 


    Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH
    Professor, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
    Chair, Department of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care
    Co-author of "Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference."

    In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support Six, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    • Jose Franco, MD
    • Christopher Davis, MD
    • Elizabeth Ellinas, MD
    • Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH


    Joan Weiss
    Phone number: 
    +1 (414) 955-4980

    ACCME Accreditation Statement:
    The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    AMA Credit Designation Statement:
    The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
    The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.


    Session date: 
    03/18/2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am CDT
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    8701 Watertown Plank Rd
    Suite M1990
    Milwaukee, WI 53226
    United States
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
      AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    • 1.00 Hours of Participation
      Hours of Participation credit.

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