May 31st - June 3rd, 2018
Hilton Tampa Downtown


Save the date for AACH’s ENRICH Healthcare Communication Course and Research Forum!
This joint meeting will bring together clinicians, educators, researchers, and applied healthcare professionals interested in healthcare communication.

ENRICH participants will learn and practice communication skills in interactive workshops and small learning groups, while Forum participants will attend and present on the latest research and teaching methods in oral presentations, workshops, special interest groups, and a poster session. 


ENRICH and Forum participants will have the opportunity to network and engage with one another in joint activities:

  • Keynote sessions
  • Special interest groups
  • A poster session
  • Other networking opportunities 

Call for Forum abstracts:
Late 2017 / Early 2018

May 31 - June 3, 2018

ENRICH is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and personal awareness needed to practice and teach relationship-centered communication. Participants choose individual and collective objectives and develop a means of achieving them with the guidance of seasoned AACH faculty.


Those interested in improving their own communication skills with colleagues, patients, and families, as well as those interested in teaching others these skills, including:

  • Hospital Administrators
  • Educators
  • Patient Advocates
  • Health Coaches and Trainers
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers

  • Enhance your communication and relationship building skills to improve clinical outcomes and patient safety and experience
  • Improve your team's effectiveness, efficiency and morale 
  • Practice skills for working effectively with patients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds 
  • Become more skilled at turning conflict into opportunities to embrace diversity and improve care delivery 
  • Recharge your personal battery and passion  
  • Become a more creative and dynamic change agent in healthcare 
Research Forum
June 1-3, 2018

The Research Forum showcases the latest research and teaching methods in the field of healthcare communication. Participants can submit and present abstracts in the form of oral presentations, workshops, posters, special interest groups, etc.


Those interested in learning about the latest research and teaching methods related to communication and relationships in healthcare, including:

  • Academic faculty researchers
  • Medical educators
  • Medical students
  • Patient Experience professionals
  • Healthcare administrators

  • "Having attended many different types of academic conferences, at the AACH Forum I had some of the best discussions during and after workshops and presentations. It was invigorating to learn from peers, colleagues, and those with different perspectives. The approachability of speakers and presenters was a breath of fresh air.” 

  • "By far, the most interesting conference I've attended. Content, structure, leadership, and participants contributed to this.”

  • “I was pleased to participate in many workshops with such open, thoughtful, interprofessional individuals. I felt most welcome (my 1st experience with this group)! I learned theories to relate to my practice and the blend of ethics, communication and professionalism are so important to the patient and professional's experience.” 

  • “I have greater ability to facilitate good teamwork, which will improve patient care. I achieved insights into how to better structure my communication training program. I also achieved more knowledge and sensitivity about the complexities related to obtaining consent for organ transplantation.” 

  • “Always a great learning community at AACH conferences. Attendees are supportive, gracious and helpful with their comments. The moderators are typically wonderful as well, allowing for great conversations to occur.” 
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