Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, FAAP, the Stoeckle Center's Director of Programs for Communications Skills, is a clinician-educator who designs and implements programs to enhance and assess clinicians' communication and professionalism competencies. Dr. Rider teaches and consults internationally on communication skills, reflective practice, patient-doctor relationships, narrative, and medical education program development, and publishes and does research in these areas.

In addition to her work at the Stoeckle Center, Dr. Rider is Director of Academic Programs, Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She was Coordinator of Faculty Development for the Resident as Teacher Initiative, Co-Director, Communication Skills Teaching Program, and faculty for the Patient-Doctor III course for many years. Dr. Rider and colleagues implemented communication skills assessment across the HMS curriculum.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rider completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Boston, and fellowship at MGH. A former child and family therapist with a Master’s from Smith College, she is board certified in both pediatrics and clinical social work (LICSW, BCD), and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. She practices pediatrics at Roslindale Pediatric Associates.

Dr. Rider has won various teaching awards, and was invited by Taiwan’s Education Ministry to teach leaders from Taiwan’s 11 medical schools about communication skills curricula. Dr. Rider is Section Editor (Reflective Practice) for the international journal, Patient Education and Counseling, Co-Chair of the Medicine Academy, National Academies of Practice, and co-author of the book, A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies.

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