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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
The mission of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is medical education, patient care and medical research. This grant will allow partial funding of the Compassionate Communication and Relationship Centered Care in Medicine initiative at the school (1)to create a Vanderbilt medical faculty position within a United Neighborhood Health Services clinic. In this program Vanderbilt faculty, residents and students will provide medical services at the UNHS Northeast Family Clinic, which operates Monday through Friday during daytime hours. Included in this project will be a curriculum for both medical students and residents in the compassionate care of the underserved; (2) conduct a study of compassionate communication and healing skills in Vanderbilt ICUs; (3)examine the structure and function of various healthcare teams with a focus on how teams can embody compassion for their patients and among themselves; and (4) enhance capacity and continuity for the work of compassionate care through a community building process at VUMC.