This year we are launching a new program to get clinicians involved in educating their peers on the impacts climate change has on health. The environment in which we live plays a significant role in how humans’ wellbeing is affected. While many clinicians know this to be true, they are not factoring it into the way they practice or into conversations they have with their patients. The grand rounds exchange program seeks to educate clinicians on the specific maladies inflicted by factors that create climate change and will give instructions on how to implement actionable steps to help inform colleagues on what they can to mitigate climate change, educate patients, and advocate for positive climate change solutions within their organization.
Grand rounds presenters must be knowledgeable in their field of study and show a demonstrated expertise in the form of past presentations, white papers, book or journal contributions, or other such published bodies of work relating to environmental factors impacting human health. Presenters will be paid for grand rounds given to help offset costs of travel, lodging, and dining. Grand rounds presentations within 75 miles of the presenter’s home will be reimbursed at a rate of $150 for the trip. Grand rounds presentations over 75 miles away from the presenter’s home will be reimbursed at a rate of $350 for the trip. If you give multiple presentations in one day at the same facility/organization you are only reimbursed for the trip. Grand rounds reimbursement forms must be submitted for pre-approval before the grand rounds take place, and all paperwork must be turned in within two weeks after the grand rounds talk has concluded. If you are interested in becoming a grand rounds presenter, please fill out the form HERE. Organizations who are requestions a grand rounds speaker will have access to the information you share and will be making the decision on whom to ask to present.
If you would like to request a speaker for a grand rounds or education event (i.e. guest speaker at a medical or nursing school) please email Anna Cifranic at OCCA@theoec.org. A phone meeting will be set up to discuss your organization’s needs. You/your organization will have access to the clinicians/professionals who have signed up to be grand rounds presenters and can view their bios and information to choose the best person for the type of grand rounds you would like to have. Once you/your organization has selected a presenter, OCCA will make introductions. After this, it is your responsibility to set up the time, date, and complete any internal/organizational paperwork needed in order to host a grand round at your organization. In order to be reimbursed, the speaker will need you to sign-off their OCCA Grand Rounds Exchange presenter paperwork.