AMS Phoenix Project
In 2012, The AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring emerged after over a year of consultations by former AMS CEO Dr. William Shragge and the AMS Board, as well as from a series of successful summits focused on narrative teaching, the hidden curricula and toxic practice environments. The AMS Phoenix Project is based on the premise that health professionals provide the best care when they are able to balance human compassion and technical expertise.
The Project initially focused on three overarching goals.
- Identifying and supporting champions for caring relationships
- Promoting creative strategies for caring in both education and clinical practice
- Cultivate communities of practice to advance compassionate care.
These goals were carried out through the following activities: AMS Phoenix Fellowships and Grants, Phoenix Geographic Networks and an Annual AMS Phoenix Conference.
Phase Two 2016-2019
With the Phoenix Project nearing the end of its initial five year mandate, AMS undertook a review of the priorities and investments to ensure the project would be sustainable and able to build on the positive outcomes that had been achieved to date.
The current objectives shaping the activities of the AMS Phoenix are as follows:
- Work with Fellows and others to develop compassionate care curricula at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and professional practice levels that can be adopted by organizations that provide healthcare professions’ education.
- Work with healthcare and health professional accreditation organizations to influence the adoption of standards and guidelines in learning and practice of compassionate care.
- Facilitate the voices of patients and their families as integral partners in shaping healthcare provider education and practice in compassionate care.
Build a cadre of individuals and organizations that champion, nurture and sustain education and practice of compassionate care.
- Build a platform of publicly available resources to inform and educate individuals and organizations on AMS Phoenix programs and resources.
To meet our current and past Fellows and Grantees visit our Fellows Page.