Employing Restorative Practices and Civil Discourse to Heal an Institution (IDEAS) - July 17

Recorded On: 07/17/2024


The Uniformed Services University (USU) F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine has struggled with community building, communicating across differences, and managing harms to students and faculty, and they are not alone. In this webinar, USU faculty will introduce participants to the tenets of restorative practices and demonstrate the benefits of community circles. They will then introduce the principles of civil discourse to include the importance of psychological safety, active listening, finding common ground, being willing to rethink perspectives and beliefs, and practicing constructive conversational skills.

Speakers will walk participants through a curriculum developed and employed at the USU School of Medicine and share outcome data. Ultimately, they will demonstrate how the combination of restorative practice and civil discourse can serve as one starting point for healing our medical institutions and increasing connection between community members.

Learning objectives:

  1. Define Restorative Justice and describe its foundational principles
  2. Define Civil Discourse and discuss the challenges to engaging
  3. Assess a Community Building for Civil Discourse curriculum
  4. Reflect on how Restorative Justice and Civil Discourse could be implemented in other contexts

The AAMC IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism) Learning Series provides actionable information about DEI strategies that you can put into practice to become a more effective and successful leader, educator, and member of the academic medicine community.

Jessica L. Bunin, MD, MHPE (she/her/hers)

COL(ret), MC, USA
Associate Dean of Community and Educational Culture
Professor of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

COL(ret) Jessica Bunin is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. She attended Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After residency, she served as a Psychiatrist prior to completing a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine. She has been involved in Academic Medicine as an Associate Program Director for an Internal Medicine Residency, a Program Director for a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, and an Assistant Dean of Faculty Development at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). She has deployed to Iraq as a Psychiatrist and Afghanistan as an Intensivist. She is now a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at USUHS.

Gayle Haischer-Rollo, MD (she/her/hers)

Lt Col, USAF, MC
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Gayle “Hava” Haischer-Rollo, MD, is the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Haischer-Rollo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas, and her medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  She completed her Pediatric Residency and Neonatal Fellowship at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio Texas. She spent several years as a core faculty of the NICU program at Naval Hospital Portsmouth before returning to San Antonio as the program director for the Neonatal Fellowship Program.

During her career, she found a passion for medical education and is currently enrolled in a Master of Health Professions Education program. As Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, she travels around the military health system and teaches faculty development as well as oversees a program of “boots on the ground” faculty development called FOCUS (Faculty Development Certification of the Uniformed Services). She is married with three children, two dogs, and a wonderful stay at home husband who keeps it all together.

Components visible upon registration.