Facilitating Patient Centered Compassionate Care Program

The Facilitating Patient Centered Compassionate Care (Facilitating PC3) education model focuses on social determinants of health, health equity, and bias in order to enhance the empathy, understanding, and connection of resident physicians to the patients and families they serve. The model is composed of an active engagement exercise including improvisation exercises and case-based learning, a library of resources, and an introduction to existing resources in the health system. 

The Facilitating PC3 planning team brings together faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Education, and the Arts and staff from the Office of Health Equity. This program has been piloted with medical residents. The program goals are to:

        • Raise awareness of the challenges encountered by patients served that may impact their health, outcomes, and potential engagement with treatment plans.
        • Provide access to educational opportunities for the VCUHS Residency training program to achieve accreditation standards related to addressing health disparities, health equity, and learning about social determinants of health.
        • Align with VCU Health System’s goal to advance health equity

 I loved the idea of improv for challenging our assumptions and learning how we can better relate to patients.

Program participant