Dedicated to Advancing Compassionate Health Care

The Schwartz Center Rounds are unique, multi-disciplinary sessions in which hospital staff explore the emotional side of caregiving.

Presented in a typical rounds session, a panel of caregivers present a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues. Hospital staff then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the day’s topic. Past topics have included:

  • delivering bad news
  • when religious or spiritual beliefs conflict with medical advice
  • taking care of a colleague
  • losing a patient

Benefits for Staff

Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff.

A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally, enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families, improve communication among caregivers, decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress.

Dates and times of Schwartz Center Rounds are shared with staff via email. For more information, please call 781-979-3439.


A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds are funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate healthcare. For more information about Schwartz Center Rounds, visit