Catherine Heith, Catherine Heith
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Oklahoma
Catherine Heith, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist, Palliative Care physician and Ethics Consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at the University of Minnesota and Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on teaching communication about difficult news through simulation. She is currently investigating how to teach breaking bad news as an interprofessional team through simulation and is developing a novel tool to provide specific feedback to teams about their communication and interprofessional teamwork.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Few healthcare caregivers receive formal training about end-of-life (EOL) communication skills. Given the growing population of patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses, caregivers in all professions need to be comfortable at leading a difficult conversation. Historically, EOL conversations have been led by physicians. Other healthcare professionals including nurses and psychosocial providers bring a unique perspective to these conversations but are often excluded. Not only do these providers have diverse understandings about the patient and family based on their training and role in…