You are invited to join us on October 19, 2020, for a lecture by Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Jo Shapiro. Dr. Shapiro will lead a virtual Peer Support Grand Rounds, which is open to all members of the Queen’s Faculty of Health Science, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Therapy to engage the audience in an inclusive and interprofessional approach to peer support. During the Grand Rounds, Dr. Shapiro will set peer support within the context of culture change with an emphasis on wellbeing, provide a rationale for peer support, differentiate between peer support and other resources, and outline the fundamentals of peer support.

If you would like to attend, please email to save your seat. 

Additionally, we are building a community of peer support counsellors. Dr. Shapiro will host interactive training sessions to provide an overview of the fundamentals of peer support, simulation of peer support and scripted peer support conversation prompts. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please let your Department Head know.

Dr. Jo Shapiro Profile

Dr. Jo Shapiro is an Associate Professor and Chief in the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in the Harvard Medical School. Her clinical work specializes in oropharyngeal swallowing disorders. In 2008, Dr. Jo Shapiro launched the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Center for Professionalism and Peer Support. The Center for Professionalism and Peer Support promotes and expands programs that include professionalism initiative, a disclosure and apology process, peer and defendant support programs, and wellness programs. The mission of the center is to support physicians and other healthcare professional in providing the highest quality compassionate care for every patient.

In 2009, the Center for Professionalism and Peer Support redesigned their peer support program with the intent of providing one-on-one peer support. According to the Center, over 25 national and international programs have replicated similar approaches. The purpose of the peer support program is to develop a workplace culture that welcomes a shared organizational responsibility for clinician well-being and patient safety.