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Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship
through Patient Care, Teaching and Research.



The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence is now entering its third year and has appointed more than 60 scholars. Our student, junior and senior faculty scholars and master clinicians are actively working to improve the doctor-patient relationship, and to enhance communication and decision-making in medicine. Please read the printed news reports about our scholars and Institute updates.

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One way in which the Bucksbaum Institute seeks to advance scholarship and to develop teaching and clinical programs concerning the doctor-patient relationship and clinical decision-making is through the development of a Pilot Grant program. The Pilot Grant program is currently available to appointed Bucksbaum Institute Scholars.

In 2012, 14 research projects and training initiatives were funded through the Pilot Grant program. Some past Pilot Grant projects addressed:

  • “Improving Patient Understanding During Disclosure Conversations of Unanticipated Outcomes”
  • “Operationalizing the Virtues in Good Doctor-Patient Relationships”
  • “Communication Skills Training Program for Oncology Trainees”
  • “Engineering Patient-Oriented Clinic Handoffs”

In 2013, 9 new projects have been funded with the added focus of inter-departmental collaborations. Newly funded projects focus on:

  • “Surgical Professionalism and Ethics”
  • “Improving Patient-Centered Technology Use”
  • “Improving Resident Physician Communications with Patients at the End of Life”

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New Programs

In addition to the Bucksbaum Institute’s programming for student scholars, junior faculty scholars and master clinicians, the Institute has expanded its programs to include undergraduate students in the College at the University of Chicago as well as an additional program open to all students at the Pritzker School of Medicine.

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