Elizabeth Rider

Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, FAAP

Director of Academic Programs, IPEP; Assistant in Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Medical Services


  • Medical Education


  • General Pediatrics
  • Medicine


  • English


  • Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP)
  • Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS)
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-5021

Experience and Education


Medical School

Harvard Medical School, 1991

Boston, MA

Clinical Social Work

Smith College, MSW

Northampton, MA

Clinical Effectiveness

Harvard School of Public Health, Certification

Boston, MA


Boston Children's Hospital - Pediatrics,

Boston, MA


Boston Children's Hospital - Pediatrics,

Boston, MA


Massachusetts General Hospital - General Academic Pediatrics ,

Boston, MA


  • Massachusetts Medical License

  • Board Certified, American Board of Pediatrics

  • Diplomat-BCD-Amer Bd Examiners, Clin Soc Wk

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker-LICSW


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  1. Truog RD, Brown SD, Browning D, Hundert EM, Rider EA, Bell SK, Meyer EC. Microethics: the ethics of everyday clinical practice. Hastings Cent Rep. 2015 Jan-Feb; 45(1):11-7.
  2. Peterson EB, Calhoun AW, Rider EA. The reliability of a modified Kalamazoo Consensus Statement Checklist for assessing the communication skills of multidisciplinary clinicians in the simulated environment. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Sep; 96(3):411-8.
  3. Rider EA, Kurtz S, Slade D, Longmaid HE, Ho MJ, Pun JK, Eggins S, Branch WT. The International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare: an interprofessional global collaboration to enhance values and communication in healthcare. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Sep; 96(3):273-80.
  4. Longmaid HE, Branch WT, Rider EA. Compassion: necessary but not sufficient. Acad Med. 2013 Sep; 88(9):1197.
  5. Leichtner AM, Gillis LA, Gupta S, Heubi J, Kay M, Narkewicz MR, Rider EA, Rufo PA, Sferra TJ, Teitelbaum J. NASPGHAN guidelines for training in pediatric gastroenterology. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Jan; 56 Suppl 1:S1-8.
  6. Rider EA. Moral counseling: Discussing ethical issues in pediatric practice with your patients and families. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2012; 59(6):970-971.
  7. Amaral ABCN, Lajolo PP, Rider EA, Pinto RMC, Dib NFS, Paro BMS, Silva CHM. Boa comunicação em Pediatria: encurtando caminhos entre o paciente e a equipe de saude (Good communication in Pediatrics: shortening paths between the patient and healthcare team). Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia (Brazilian Journal of Hematology and Hemotherapy). 2012; 34(sup 1):17-18.
  8. Swartz J, King HS, Rider EA. Behavioral health screening and referral in the pediatric office. Pediatr Ann. 2011 Dec; 40(12):610-6.
  9. Rider EA. Advanced communication strategies for relationship-centered care. Pediatr Ann. 2011 Sep; 40(9):447-53.
  10. Lamiani G, Meyer EC, Leone D, Vegni E, Browning DM, Rider EA, Truog RD, Moja EA. Cross-cultural adaptation of an innovative approach to learning about difficult conversations in healthcare. Med Teach. 2011; 33(2):e57-64.
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  12. Rider EA. Communication. In: Rudolph C, Lister G, Gershon A, First L, Rudolph A, eds. Rudolph’s Pediatrics, 22nd edition. 2011; NY: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
  13. Rider EA, Hatem D, Branch W, Reis S. Writing the physician’s tale: sharing stories and publishing your narratives. Medical Encounter. 2011; 25(3):177.
  14. Rider EA, Slade D, Kurtz S, Flynn E, Ho M-J, Woodward-Kron R, Branch W . An International Collaborative on Communication: connecting research, education and practice. Medical Encounter. 2011; 25(3):111.
  15. Browning DM, Comeau M, Kishimoto S, Varrin P, Ward E, Rider EA, Meyer EC. Parents and interprofessional learning in pediatrics: integrating personhood and practice. J Interprof Care. 2011 Mar; 25(2):152-3.
  16. Calhoun AW, Rider EA, Peterson E, Meyer EC. Multi-rater feedback with gap analysis: an innovative means to assess communication skill and self-insight. Patient Educ Couns. 2010 Sep; 80(3):321-6.
  17. Rider EA, Nawotniak RH. A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, Second Edition. 2010; 394 pages.
  18. Rider EA. Interpersonal and Communication Skills. In: Rider EA, Nawotniak RH. A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, 2nd edition. 2010; 1-137.
  19. Rider EA. Professionalism. In: Rider EA, Nawotniak RH. A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, 2nd edition. 2010; 287-363.
  20. Browning DM, Comeau M, Kishimoto S, Varrin P, Ward E, Rider A, Meyer EC. Parents as practitioners in pediatrics. Med Teach. 2010; 32(7):620.
  21. Calhoun A, Rider EA, Peterson E, Meyer EC . 360-degree assessment with gap analysis: an innovative means to assess communication skill and self-insight. Medical Encounter. 2010; 24(1):60.
  22. Brown SD, Meyer EC, Browning DM, Rider EA, Zaccagnini L, Truog RD. Difficult conversations in Maternal-Fetal Care: a relational learning approach to the ethics of communication. Medical Encounter. 2010; 24(1):17.
  23. Calhoun AW, Rider EA, Meyer EC, Lamiani G, Truog RD. Assessment of communication skills and self-appraisal in the simulated environment: feasibility of multirater feedback with gap analysis. Simul Healthc. 2009; 4(1):22-9.
  24. Calhoun AW, Rider EA. Engagement and listening skills: identifying learning needs. Med Educ. 2008 Sep 26.
  25. Lamiani G, Meyer EC, Rider EA, Browning DM, Vegni E, Mauri E, Moja EA, Truog RD. Assumptions and blind spots in patient-centredness: action research between American and Italian health care professionals. Med Educ. 2008 Jul; 42(7):712-20.
  26. Rider EA, Brashers VL, Costanza ME. Using interprofessional team-based learning to develop health care policy. Med Educ. 2008 May; 42(5):519-20.
  27. Rider EA, Volkan K, Hafler JP. Pediatric residents' perceptions of communication competencies: Implications for teaching. Med Teach. 2008; 30(7):e208-17.
  28. Rider EA. Communication Competencies in the Clinical Encounter: How to Teach, Assess, and Integrate Communication Competencies into the Curriculum. 2007.
  29. Rider EA, Nawotniak RH, Smith GD. A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies. [Book]. 2007; Marblehead: HCPro, Inc, 238 pp.
  30. RIder EA. Invisible (A teaching narrative on understanding the family’s perspective). Academic Emergency Medicine. 2007; 14(12):1199-1200.
  31. Rider EA, Hinrichs MM, Lown BA. A model for communication skills assessment across the undergraduate curriculum. Med Teach. 2006 Aug; 28(5):e127-34.
  32. Rider EA, Keefer CH. Communication skills competencies: definitions and a teaching toolbox. Med Educ. 2006 Jul; 40(7):624-9.
  33. Rider EA, Brashers V. Team-based learning: a strategy for interprofessional collaboration. Med Educ. 2006 May; 40(5):486-7.
  34. Rider EA. Privates (A teaching narrative on talking with children and their parents about difficult topics). BMJ. 2006; 332:792.
  35. Rider EA, Hafler JP. Resident as Teacher Initiative Website. Harvard Medical School. eCommons and myCourses. 2006.
  36. Rider EA. Communication and relationships with children and parents. In: Novack, DH, Clark W, Saizow R, Daetwyler C, eds. doc.com: an interactive learning resource for healthcare communication.[Interactive on-line module]. 2006.
  37. Rider EA. Balancing Act: Parenting and Medical Training. In: When You Don't Fit The Mold...Make A New One: Personal Stories of Women Physicians. 2006; 113-118.
  38. Rider EA. Nemo on vacation (A teaching narrative on communication with children about unexpected circumstances). Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005; 159(7):606.
  39. Rider EA. The examination (A teaching narrative on communicating with and examining young children in the pediatric visit). Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005; 159(5):414.
  40. Rider EA. Communicating with children during the pediatric visit. Medical Encounter. 2005; 19:46-47.
  41. Rider EA. The Communication Skills Competency: Teaching and Assessment. Website. eCommons, Harvard Medical School. 2005.
  42. Hatem D, Rider EA. Sharing stories: narrative medicine in an evidence-based world. Patient Educ Couns. 2004 Sep; 54(3):251-3.
  43. Rider EA, Lown BA, Hinrichs MM. Teaching communication skills. Med Educ. 2004 May; 38(5):558-9.
  44. Rider EA. Does your heart go on vacation? (A teaching narrative on listening and talking with pediatric patients). BMJ. 2004; 328:890.
  45. Rider EA. Teaching medicine through student self-reflection. Focus: Harvard Medical, Dental, and Public Health Schools. 2004; (Feb 20).
  46. Rider EA, Longmaid HE. A model for merging residency programmes during health care consolidations: a course for success. Med Educ. 2003 Sep; 37(9):794-801.
  47. Rider EA. Danny's mother: a lesson in humility. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003 Mar; 157(3):228.
  48. Rider EA, Lown BA, Hinrichs MM. Communication in Clinical Encounters. Course for 3rd year students and teaching faculty. 11 interactive web-based teaching modules on communication skills, MyCourses, Harvard Medical School. 2003.
  49. Rider EA, Hinrichs MM. Teaching communication skills: assessment and reflective feedback. Web-based faculty development teaching module, MyCourses, Harvard Medical School. 2003.
  50. Rider EA. Builds a relationship. Web-based teaching module for medical students, Communication in Clinical Encounters Course, MyCourses, Harvard Medical School. 2003.
  51. Rider EA, Hafler JP. Resident as Teacher Initiative. Website. eCommons, Harvard Medical School. 2002.
  52. Rider EA. Twelve strategies for effective communication and collaboration in medical teams. BMJ Career Focus. 2002; 325:S45.
  53. Rider EA. It's because they didn't know our names. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002 Jun; 156(6):531.
  54. Rider EA, Perrin JM. Performance profiles: the influence of patient satisfaction data on physicians' practice. Pediatrics. 2002 May; 109(5):752-7.
  55. Rider EA, Cooke M, Lowenstein D. The Academies Collaborative: sharing a new model for medical education. Acad Med. 2002 May; 77(5):455.
  56. Hafler JP, Rider EA. Teaching materials for pediatric residents: three modules – the student-teacher relationship, teaching in small groups, and giving and receiving feedback. In: Edwards JC, Friedland JA, Bing-You RG. Residents' teaching skills. 2002; NY: Springer, pp. 187-245.
  57. Participants in the Bayer–Fetzer Conference on Physician–Patient Communication in Medical Education. Essential elements of communication in medical encounters: the Kalamazoo Consensus Statement. Academic Medicine. 2001; 76:390-393.
  58. Rider EA, Federman DD, Hafler JP. Residents as teachers--a faculty development approach to programme development. Med Educ. 2000 Nov; 34(11):955-6.
  59. Rider EA, Bithoney WG. Medical assessment and management and the organization of medical services. In: Kessler DB, Dawson P, eds. Failure to thrive and pediatric undernutrition: a transdisciplinary approach. 1999; Baltimore: P H. Brooks, 173-93.
  60. Rider E, Samuels R, Wilson K, Homer C. Physical growth, infant nutrition, breastfeeding, and general nutrition. Curr Opin Pediatr. 1996 Jun; 8(3):293-7.
  61. Longmaid HE, Rider EA. Feedback and performance improvement in clinical medical education. JAMA. 1995; 274:1092.
  62. Rider EA, Longmaid HE. Guidelines for clinical teachers receiving feedback from learners. JAMA. 1995; 274:996.
  63. Rider EA, Longmaid HE. Giving constructive feedback. JAMA. 1995; 274:867.
  64. Rider EA, Longmaid HE. Feedback in clinical medical education: Guidelines for learners on receiving feedback. JAMA. 1995; 274:938.
  65. Rider EA. Synthetic sport shorts folliculitis. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994 Nov; 148(11):1230-1.
  66. Rider EA. How to arrange a shared or part-time residency. J Am Med Womens Assoc. 1992 Sep-Oct; 47(5):138-9.
  67. Rider EA. The stresses of graduate medical education: a look at the problems, solutions, and the facts of family life [Thesis]. 1991.
  68. Longmaid HE, Rider E, Tymkiw J. Lupus nephritis. New sonographic findings. J Ultrasound Med. 1987 Feb; 6(2):75-9.
  69. Jacobson AM, Beardslee W, Hauser ST, Noam GG, Powers SI, Houlihan J, Rider E. Evaluating ego defense mechanisms using clinical interviews: an empirical study of adolescent diabetic and psychiatric patients. J Adolesc. 1986 Dec; 9(4):303-19.
  70. Beardslee WR, Jacobson AM, Hauser ST, Noam GG, Powers S, Houlihan J, Rider E. An approach to evaluating adolescent adaptive processes: Validity of an interview-based measure. J Youth Adolesc. 1986 Oct; 15(5):355-75.
  71. Longmaid HE, Tymkiw J, Rider EA. Sonographic diagnosis of a chylous mesenteric cyst. J Clin Ultrasound. 1986 Jul-Aug; 14(6):458-60.
  72. Beardslee W, Jacobson A, Hauser S, Noam G, Powers S, Houlihan J, Rider E. An approach to evaluating adolescent adaptive processes: Validity of an interview-based measure. J Youth Adolesc. 1986; 15:355-375.
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