Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, FAAP, FACH

Dr. Elizabeth Rider is a pediatrician and medical educator and founding Director, Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School’s Interprofessional Leadership, and Humanism and Professionalism Faculty Fellowships. She directs the international course “Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice in an Interprofessional World” and teaches for the Harvard Macy Institute. Dr. Rider completed her MD degree at Harvard Medical School, MSW degree at Smith College, pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital, and fellowship in general academic pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. She brings her experience as physician and former child/family therapist to her leadership, teaching and clinical roles.

Dr. Rider received the National Academies of Practice’s Nicholas Cummings Award; Platinum Medal for Excellence in Person-Centered Healthcare from the European Society for Person-Centered Healthcare; and Community Pediatrician of the Year award from Boston Children’s Hospital. She is immediate past Vice President of Partnerships and Networking and former Chair, Medicine Academy of the National Academies of Practice. She is a founder and Executive Board member of the International Consortium for Communication in Healthcare. She leads the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare initiative, an interdisciplinary collaboration to restore attention to core values and skilled communication in healthcare.

Dr. Rider has been an invited speaker and consultant in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, UK, Poland, Germany, Australia, and Singapore. Her work focuses on relationship-centered care, values, communication skills, professionalism, medical /interprofessional education, leadership and organizational culture change to mitigate burnout and enhance well-being. An Associate Editor for Patient Education and Counseling, she is lead author of the book A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies.

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