Grand Rounds- The Meharry-Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program: Lessons from Training First Year Medical Students

Event Date: October 6th, 2020

Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC

Grand Rounds- The Meharry-Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program: Lessons from Training First Year Medical Students


At this month’s Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD and colleagues spoke about training first year medical students at Meharry Medical College (MMC) in health coaching through a partnership with the Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program. She was joined by Mark Dreusicke, MD; Solon Bass, BA, RRT; Kim Wyche-Etheridge, MD, MPH & Regina Offodile, MD, to share multiple perspectives on three years of this iterative and innovative curriculum.

MMC in partnership with the VHCCP has created and delivered training to 368 first year medical students across the past 3 years to: 1) provide a solid foundation in patient-centered communication; 2) immediately engage medical students in an allowable, interpersonal healthcare role with direct patient contact; 3) train them in the basics of sustainable behavior change so they can empower patients to be activated in their own healthcare; and 4) guide students to manage their own goal-setting and self-care.

Event Details

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 6th | 8:00am – 9:00am
Cost: Free. CME credit available
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If you want to request CME credit for virtual participation, to be eligible, send an email between 8:00-8:30am on Tuesday, October 6th with your full name, degree and organization to [email protected].

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Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, serves as the Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching and the Interim Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. She is a Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt, with a secondary appointment in the School of Nursing, and an Adjunct appointment at Meharry Medical College. Ruth is a founding member and was the inaugural President of the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. A clinical health psychologist and nationally-board certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC), Ruth has over 25 years of experience training and mentoring medical and allied health professionals in behavioral medicine, emotional health and health coaching. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NCCIH, Office of Women’s Health, NHLBI, NIDCD, and NIDDK), the US Air Force, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, industry, and philanthropy. Ruth and her husband live in Durham, NC with their very special daughter Emma.

Mark Dreusicke, MD, NBC-HWC graduated from Duke University School of Medicine where he focused on primary care and discovered the potential of integrative medicine to transform health care. Mark completed the Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program, and he is actively

involved with the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to promote a uniform national credential for coaches. He has conducted Whole Health trainings for the Veterans Health Administration through their Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. Mark currently lives in San Diego, CA and consults in the fields of integrative medicine, mindfulness, and health & wellness coaching.

Solon Bass, BA, RRT is a first-year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Solon grew up in the Seattle, WA area before serving in the U.S. Navy for 6 years as a hospital corpsman where he discovered his passion for medicine. He worked as a Respiratory Therapist for 8 years and went back to school to further his advancement in medicine. Graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Chemistry, he ultimately decided to pursue medical school. Solon lives with his wife and 2 young daughters in Seattle. He continues part-time work as a respiratory therapist, in addition to being a father and full-time medical student.

Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, MD, MPH, is a public health pediatrician who works to improve the health and well-being of her patients and their communities.  She serves as Director of the Master of Science in Public Health Program at Meharry Medical College, where she is also appointed as Assistant Professor of Public Health and as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. Kim is known for her expert lectures and involvement at the local and national level on issues of resiliency, bias and perspective in medicine.  As a trained health coach, she brings a unique approach to patients, grounded in excellence, compassion and collaborative care.  Kim has been a key driver in the iteration of the health coaching curriculum at Meharry. She is the mother of two teens, and describes herself as a “Bostonian who happens to have lived in the South for the past 27 years.”

Regina Offodile, MD serves as the Interim Chair of Professional and Medical Education and the Director of the Pamela C. Williams Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills. She is an Associate Professor of Medical Education at Meharry Medical College where she has been training medical students since 2006. A native of Philadelphia, Regina graduated from UCLA Medicine, completed her residency in General Surgery at King/Drew Medical Center and a Breast Fellowship at Stanford University. She is the mother of three teenage sons.