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JeffCHAT

The goal of Jeff-CHAT (Jefferson Compassion, Altruism, Humanism, and Trust) is to be an inclusive, interdisciplinary, open discussion among students on topics in the practice and training of health care professionals that are not touched upon by formal didactic nor clinical coursework. The goal is to foster questions, not answers, to encourage students to reflect in the hopes of nurturing a more compassionate and thoughtful health care provider.

JeffCHAT is modeled after the Schwartz Center Rounds. It was developed and launched by the Jefferson chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2011 as a novel opportunity for students from various health professions to share their experiences during their clinical education.

The student-run, student-only, monthly lunchtime rounds begin with student panelists from three different disciplines who share a personal vignette related to a chosen theme. An open discussion, which is facilitated by a student, constitutes the remaining time.

Students from all healthcare professions are invited to attend during their clinical years in their education. At Jefferson this includes: medicine, pharmacy, nursing, social work, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

The majority of planning and trouble shooting for Jeff-CHAT is done by a core group of 3 medical students from GHHS and 2 faculty advisors. A larger, multidisciplinary planning committee meets monthly to discuss the specific topics and promotion of the event on campus. The large group includes the core group as well as 1-2 students and faculty members from each discipline.

This fall's JeffCHAT sessions:

9/10/12: "Feelings of Failure when Things Don't Work"

10/22/12: "Balancing power roles as a student: Where do I fit into the healthcare team?"

Gold Humanism Honor Society member Alyssa Perez moderates JeffCHAT discussion led by a fourth year medical student, third year pharmacy student, and senior nursing student
Gold Humanism Honor Society member Alyssa Perez moderates JeffCHAT discussion led by a fourth year medical student, third year pharmacy student, and senior nursing student

11/19/12: "Turning the Other Cheek: Compassionate Care in the Face of Anger."

1/21/13: "When Cultural and Religious Beliefs Interfere with your Ability to Communicate."

Contact Jessica Jackson at Jessica.Jackson@jefferson.edu for more information.