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Specialty: Internal Medicine
Dates: From Apr, 26, 2018 to Apr, 28, 2018
Location: Boston , USA
Type: Course
Registration Cost: From 995 to 1095 USD
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The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 26.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



We have applied to the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) credit to psychologists who attend this course.  Please check back periodically for updated information.  MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. 



The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities



Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:



This course is designed to meet one or more of the following American Board of Medical Specialties and Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies: professionalism, interpersonal and communications skills, and systems-based practice.



This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Institute of Medicine competencies: work in interdisciplinary teams. and apply quality improvement.

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  • Medical_Professionals
  • Medical_students
  • Nurses
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A special program for healthcare professionals who want to advance their communication skills or get published

This unique 3-day course empowers physicians, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals to expand their visibility and influence in healthcare through traditional and new media. As an attendee, you will learn how to make the most of print, live, and online communication channels, and sharpen your ability to market yourself and your body of work. Individual sessions focus on:

Best practices for connecting the public with your ideas and insights

Getting your book published in 2018: new challenges and options

Lectures and workshops to improve your writing and your "elevator" or book pitch

Personalized instruction from top-tier writing coaches, editors, and literary agents

Social media: introductory and advanced topics

Self-publishing books, blogs, and websites

Strategies for impacting national and international healthcare audiences

Workshops to assist in the development of memoirs and narrative nonfiction

Steps to ensure the success of your published work

On-Site Agents, Publishers and Editors

At this unique program, you can have substantial one-on-one time with agents and acquisitions editors who are actively looking for healthcare authors. Meet them on our dedicated publishers' exhibit floor, and talk to them throughout the conference to discuss your ideas as they evolve.

In addition to these healthcare publishing professionals, the program faculty includes physicians who are regularly published, experts in public speaking, and nationally recognized coaches in scientific writing.

Reasons to Attend in 2018

All attendees take home tools and techniques to publish in various venues, including, but not limited to: books, magazine and newspaper articles, blogs, patient brochures, newsletters, mobile apps, and social media. In addition, you will:

Improve and expand your communication skills

Get ideas to reframe your professional life

Make invaluable contacts with editors, writing coaches, and literary agents

Receive expert guidance (and practice time) to hone your “elevator pitch”

Learn about how to productize your intellectual property

Hear how to secure and prepare for speaking engagements on television, radio, and at live events

Have fun and meet wonderful colleagues who share your creative energy

Customize Your Learning Experience

You may also customize your learning experience by attending optional workshops led by healthcare publishing experts who will critique your pre-existing unpublished works, your ideas for new works, and/or writing that you do in class. These workshops represent a rare opportunity to learn and get input from the people who decide every day what gets published and what does not for the healthcare arena.

Over the years that Harvard Medical School has offered this CME course, it has altered the trajectory of many of its attendees’ careers. Past attendees report that the education they received and the contacts they made have been life changing.


Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD, Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Deputy, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health in Quality, Safety and Value, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Saurabha Bhatnagar is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is the Deputy, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health in Quality, Safety and Value in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Recently, Dr. Bhatnagar also served as an Innovation Specialist at the VA Boston Healthcare System and is involved in the national innovation efforts of the VA. He helps healthcare organizations think about how to ensure strategic and operational excellence through innovation. His work focuses on innovation in healthcare utilizing techniques in human-centered design, Lean/Six Sigma systems improvement, and value-based healthcare. He has consulted for several healthcare organizations in the above methodologies and leads a variety of healthcare teams with these efforts.

In addition, he serves as the Associate Residency Program Director and Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee in the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and is Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Bhatnagar is currently on the staff at VA Boston Healthcare System, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. He also completed a Neurorehabilitation / Traumatic Brain Injury Fellowship at Harvard Medical School / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Shelley Carson, PhD, Author; Associate in Psychology, Harvard University

Dr. Carson is the author of the award-winning books Your Creative Brain (Jossey- Bass) and Almost Depressed (co-authored with Jefferson Prince, MD: Hazelden). She teaches and conducts research at Harvard where she has won teaching awards for her course "Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses and Harvard Students." In addition to numerous publications in peer-reviewed science journals, her work has been featured on CNN, the Discovery Channel, BBC, and NPR. She blogs at Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. 

Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and narrative writing expert

Dr. Rider is a pediatrician, the Director of Academic Programs for the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She created and directs the faculty education fellowship in medical humanism and professionalism and the faculty fellowship for leaders in interprofessional education, and leads the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare global initiative. Dr. Rider is an expert on narrative medical writing and senior author of the book A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies. She is a successful course graduate who has won multiple teaching and writing awards. Dr. Rider is an associate editor for the journals Patient Education and Counseling and Medical Encounter, and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. Her narratives have appeared in BMJ, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, Medical Encounter, and other publications.

Joseph Shrand, MD, Author and Instructor in Psychiatry

Dr. Shrand is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Chief of Adolescent Psychiatry for High Point Treatment Centers on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Among colleagues and staff, he is affectionately called “Doctor Joe,” as he was “Joe” in the original children’s cast of the PBS series ZOOM. Dr.Shrand is President and founder of Drug Story Theater, Inc., a non-profit 501c3 organization that takes teenagers in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol and teaches them improvisational theater techniques.  The teenagers then create their own scripted shows which they perform in middle and high schools, so the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many. He also hosts The Dr Joe Show every week on WATD FM radio, based on his I-M Approach, a way to improve yourself to improve the world. Dr. Shrand is the author of several books, including Outsmarting Anger, which won the 2013 Books for a Better Life Award for psychology. 

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A limited number of rooms* have been reserved at Fairmont Copley Plaza until April 2, 2018. Please call the Global Reservations Centre at 1-800-441-1414 to reserve a room. When calling the hotel, be sure to specify that you are enrolled in the HMS CME Publishing program to request the reduced room rate. You may also make your hotel reservation online by April 2 by clicking here.

*Please note that the discounted rooms may sell out before the deadline.

Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration.

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