Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds

This monthly series, open to students, residents and fellows from all of UB’s health sciences schools, creates a structured environment to discuss emotional cases or issues.

This style of rounds is one in which caregivers and others discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise when caring for patients.

Named to honor the memory and the significance of their impact on developing a humanistic approach to the delivery of health care in Buffalo and throughout the world, the Humanism Rounds will reflect the visions of late Dr. Richard Sarkin and Dr. John Paroski. The practice and teaching of compassion and empathetic care are important to reaching this goal.

The Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds will occur quarterly on the second Friday of the month at 12pm in Alford Auditorium located on the 2nd floor of the Oishei Children's Outpatient Center at Conventus.

See the complete schedule below. Lunch will continue to be provided for those who attend and participate.

All are welcome to attend Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds to learn more about the namesakes of these Humanism Rounds and to share stories about these two great community physicians or a mentor/teacher that significantly impacted your career.

Forum for Candid Discussions

Our Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds form part of a nationally renowned program that promotes interdisciplinary dialogue and compassionate care.

Topics include:

  • emotionally challenging cases
  • social issues that affect patients’ lives, such as poverty
  • how medical culture affects our communication with international patients
  • how medical errors affect patients, families and the care team
  • grief
  • patients’ spiritual needs

Panelists include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, dietitians, therapists and chaplains.

A physician leader moderates each session. After the main presentation, caregivers in the audience can share their experiences.

Upcoming Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds

Presenter: {{event.presenter}}


We offer Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds in the Alford Auditorium located on the 2nd floor of the Oishei Children's Outpatient Center at Conventus.

We welcome residents and fellows to join the planning committee.