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ACE Lecture Series: How Does the Neuroscience of Empathy Inform Clinical Practice?

ACE Lecture Series: How Does the Neuroscience of Empathy Inform Clinical Practice?

I*CARE Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement Presents - Achieving Communication Excellence (ACE) Lecture Series


Helen Riess, MD
Associate Clinical Professor – Harvard Medical School
Director, Empathy and Relational Science Program
Department of Psychiatry – Massachusetts General Hospital


Monday, July 7, 2014
12 – 1 p.m. Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400)


Lunch will be provided to the first 100 attendees


Empathy is a human capacity with multiple components that have been
elucidated by neuroscience research. It is essential for delivering compassionate
care with many benefi­ts to patients, their families, and providers.
Empathy can be enhanced by learning its perceptive and responsive underpinnings.


After attending this activity, the target audience of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, PhDs and other medical staff should be able to:
• Demonstrate basic principles and strategies that can be used to promote an increase in patient satisfaction with the overall care provided (knowledge, competence, performance, patient outcomes);
• Discuss options for treatment plans with patients that will be more congruent with what the patient wants and increase patient compliance to treatment plan (knowledge, competence, performance, patient outcomes);
• Interpret patient emotions and employ basic principles and strategies to acknowledge these emotions (knowledge, competence, performance);
• Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with colleagues (knowledge, competence, performance).

• Define and appreciate the importance of empathy in medicine
• Describe the physiological components of emotions and empathy
• Apply the E.M.P.A.T.H.Y. acronym



The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has implemented a process whereby everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that could potentially affect the information presented.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center also requires that all faculty disclose any unlabeled use or investigational use (not yet approved for any purpose) of pharmaceutical and medical device products.  Specific disclosure will be made to the participants prior to the educational activity.


Physician CE

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This presentation has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.


Nursing CE

Nursing contact hours will be provided.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Social Work CEU

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Social Work is an approved provider through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, provider # 4607. This program is approved for .1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Risk Management Education RME

All physicians and dentists (faculty, fellows, and residents) covered by the UT System Professional Medical Liability Benefit plan are required to complete five (5) hours of Risk Management Education (RME) each year as a condition of coverage. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Qualifies this live activity for 1 hour of Risk Management Education Credit.


Dietitian CPEU

Dietitians may e-mail for a certificate of attendance.



Date: 7/7/14, 12pm to 1pm
Time: 7/7/14, 12pm to 1pm
Location: Hickey Auditorium, Main Building, Floor 11 (R11.1400)
Format: Lecture
CME: 1.00
Contact: Jason Martinez - (713) 563-1484 -
  ICARE RIESS July2014 Flyer.pdf (PDF, 3.1 MB)

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