• 2016 AMS Phoenix Conference … “It’s a wrap!”

    Another year of conference planning is wrapped up as we say good bye to the 2016 AMS Phoenix Conference.  In mid-November, over a 100 healthcare educators, clinicians, researchers, students, administrators and policy makers of all disciplines came together around the common goals of advancing compassion in the healthcare system.  The AMS Phoenix mission of Nurturing…


  • A Picture Really Does Say a Thousand Words

    As healthcare professionals it is often presumed that we alone know what is best for our patients. Unfortunately, many health care providers also believe this to be true. While complex medical decision making may indeed rest on the shoulders of the medical team, the approach to such decisions should not be independent of the child…


  • When Words Are Not Enough

    Transcription is an almost inevitable part of qualitative research. Transcription (of a sort) is also an inevitability in patient care. Words are spoken and then translated from the live, animated practice of communication to a written, text-based representation of those words, a static version that can be easily shared, analyzed and archived. If it isn’t…


  • What Moves Us To Act?

    I usually start my day with a Starbucks, so I was standing in the long line-up waiting to place my order.  I noticed a young resident, well ahead of me in the line, pull out of the line.  He grabbed a fistful of serviettes from the sidebar where the milk and sugar, lids and serviettes…