ENRICH workshops are interactive sessions structured as tracks, each consisting of multiple sessions.  Because the workshop content builds on previous sessions, participants should select one track to attend for the duration of the course.  While it can be challenging to select just one track, all ENRICH workshop materials will be made accessible to attendees online. 

Workshops include didactic presentations, as well as active skills practice in the form of role-plays and many times as small group break outs.


  • Improving Patient Experience with Relationship-centered Communication Skills
  • Coaching and Feedback through Relationship, Reflection and Intentional Change
  • Communication Skills for Effective Conflict Engagement
  • Fostering Resilience
  • "Can I Really Ask That?"  Culture, Diversity, and Hierarchy
Improving Patient Experience with Relationship-centered Communication Skills

ACH Faculty Facilitators:
Auguste  H. Fortin VI, MD, MPH, FACP, FACH
Stuart Sprague, PhD

This workshop teaches a critical set of communication competencies that healthcare professionals must demonstrate for the delivery of high-quality care. Even though communication is a learnable set of skills, relatively few clinicians have undergone effective training in communication, and even fewer receive ongoing feedback about their communication skills with patients and colleagues. This workshop introduces the fundamental skills or relationship-centered communication and engages participants in skills-practice:

  • Recognize the benefits of improving communication skills
  • Establish rapport
  • Elicit a patient’s concerns
  • Negotiate an agenda with a patient
  • Explore the patient’s perspective
  • Respond to a patient with compassion
  • Share information with a patient in small chunks
  • Assess a patient’s understanding
  • Clarify information using plain summaries
Coaching and Feedback through Relationship, Reflection and Intentional Change

ACH Faculty Facilitator:
Maysel Kemp White, PhD, MFT, FACH

This workshop equips learners with the leadership skills needed to coach members of the healthcare team toward improved communication skills by (1) building skills related to forming appreciative coaching relationships, (2) exploring and discovering an individual’s specific learning needs to grow towards their greatest potential, and (3) developing and implementing effective coaching strategies for changing behaviors. 

  • Define what it means to teach today’s learners, provide feedback and engage in coaching.
  • Experience receiving and providing feedback to facilitate deliberate practice and intentional change.   
  • Engage in the 5Ds of appreciative coaching.
  • Coach through the lens of diversity by increasing awareness of difference.
  • Practice skills with the intention of applying them to real life challenges.
Communication Skills for Effective Conflict Engagement

ACH Facilitator:
Sally Fortner, MD

This experiential workshop will allow participants to practice relationship-centered frameworks for engaging constructively in conflict and for resolving conflict. Conflict is an inevitable occurrence in sustained human interactions. In healthcare, it may arise between patients (or their loved ones) and clinicians or administrators as well as between colleagues and co-workers and among teammates. Often, we think of conflict as a threat to relationships, and the way in which we engage in conflict provokes defensiveness or escalates the conflict unnecessarily. However, skillful management of conflict can avoid these pitfalls and lead to closer and more effective relationships. This workshop will provide skills practice for approaching conflict as an opportunity for honest conversations about differences.

By the end of the workshop track, participants will be able to:

  • Identify your preferred conflict styles and describe situations where the preferred styles are effective and situations where they are limiting
  • Describe key skills for effectively engaging in conflict in a relationship-centered way.
  • Distinguish interests from positions.
  • Demonstrate multiple strategies for resolving conflict.
Fostering Resilience

ACH Faculty Facilitator:
Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH

“Resilience” is such a buzzword these days that it has started to lose its meaning, in some cases co-opted to imply that everyone just needs to work harder. This workshop track will build from the experiences of participants to describe a toolbox of approaches that respect the true meaning of resilience – the capacity to recover from adversity – and to apply them to our personal and professional lives.

By the end of the workshop track, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess their current level of well-being and the practices that support it.
  2. Select new practices that support resilience.
  3. Develop methods of deepening trust, cooperation and community-building toward resilience.
  4. Use communication skills toward leadership and advocacy to support a healthy environment and promote resilience.
"Can I Really Ask That?" Culture, Diversity, and Hierarchy

ACH Faculty Facilitator:
Denise Davis, MD, FACH

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. “  -W. Churchill                                                                                                                            

Medical education has provided few opportunities for learning how to effectively address racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender differences in healthcare and health professions education.  This workshop aims to help participants feel more comfortable in explicitly recognizing, naming and navigating these differences in both personal and professional domains. Workshop participants will be offered skills for clinical care, teaching, mentoring, small group facilitation, self-reflection and leadership that have the potential to enrich the lives of participants and improve how we work in a diverse world.

By the end of the workshop track, participants will be able to:

1. Articulate how relationship centered communication (RCC) can foster healthy relationships across racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender differences in healthcare

2. Demonstrate skills that can reduce disparities in health care, medical education and team work

3. Develop personal goals for how to address diversity and foster inclusion in home institutions

4. Discuss and practice communication strategies that allow for power and privilege to be discussed in a way that is an invitation to learn more about self, patients, learners and colleagues