Both MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando and Orlando Regional Medical Center offer Schwartz Center Rounds, a unique, multi-disciplinary forum in which team members explore the emotional side of caregiving.  A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds are funded in part by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based non profit dedicated to advancing compassionate healthcare.

In a typical Rounds session, a panel of caregivers presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues.  Examples of topics include:  when religious or spiritual beliefs conflict with medical advice; taking care of a colleague; difficult end of life decisions; alternative medicine – what’s the buzz; engaging family members as a part of the healthcare team; and pain management.  Team members then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the day’s topic.  Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of healthcare.  A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally; enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families; improve communication among caregivers and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress. 

Schwartz Center Rounds at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando are held on a bi-monthly basis on 4LP from 12:15 – 1:30 pm.  For more information, contact Professional Education at:  321.841.1348. 

Schwartz Center Rounds at ORMC are held on the second Wednesday of each month in Lucerne Pavilion Classroom One from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.  For more information, call 321.841.6536.