Grieving Rounds

Grieving Rounds for residents and medical students during their month long rotation or clerkship in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Working with a multidisciplinary team of colleagues that includes a chaplain and a grief/bereavement specialist, a physician facilitates each session.   The overall goal of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for residents and medical students to process some of the intense emotional experiences encountered in the care and treatment of critically ill patients at the end of life. Residents and medical students are encouraged to engage in open and honest emotional conversation. Through facilitated review and discussion of selected patient deaths, these one-hour sessions seek to enhance communication and listening skills, peer support, coping mechanisms and personal/professional development around death and dying.

Resonance Films, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will produce two films: a 30-minute educational video intended to encourage other residency programs to replicate Grieving Rounds and a full length video will offer the general public a rare insider’s view and insights into the lives of physicians-in-training.