National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education & Research


Event Details

DATES: September 28 – 29, 2017
LOCATION: Cal State San Marcos, North San Diego County
COST: $195 Early Bird rate through July 31, 2017 – Register HERE
TRAVEL AND LODGING DETAILS: Click HERE
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS & CME: CEs and AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits will be available, details TBA

Symposium Overview

West Health is proud to support the second National Symposium on Academic Palliative Care Education and Research, the only gathering of its kind that provides innovative ideas and tools for faculty who wish to include palliative care concepts in courses and experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. Anyone with a faculty appointment or position, or who conducts research in institutions of higher learning, post-secondary education or training programs, or organizations, who is engaged in palliative care education and/or research is invited!

Now in its fourth year since it was first launched as a California-based event, the National Symposium draws faculty from across the nation. Each year is filled with plenary and breakout sessions that offer challenging and expansive ideas for advancing academic palliative care education and research in your classroom, discipline, or department.

The 2017 National Symposium’s theme is “Innovate. Investigate. Educate: Advancing Academic Palliative Care Education and Research.” You can look forward to:

  • The keynote speakers and plenary sessions that will emphasize research activities undertaken by some of the country’s brightest experts in the field, will discuss why policy and quality improvement matters, underscore that there is still work to do to resolve disparities in the provision of care to those who are suffering from chronic disease, and address difficult questions that may arise on campuses and classrooms about life and death choices.
  • – Breakout sessions in which faculty from across the country will share their innovations and advancements, giving you tools that you can immediately use in your work.
  • – Ample time for networking for you to expand your research collaborations with colleagues and symposium supporters.

Thursday, Sept. 28

8:30 am Welcome

• Helen McNeal, BBA, Executive Director, CSU Institute for Palliative Care

8:45 am Opening Plenary: Enhancing Care for People with Serious Advanced Illness Through Evidence Generation and Research Infrastructure Development

• Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH, University of Colorado School of Medicine

9:45 am Break with Exhibitors
10:00 am Concurrent Sessions
1. Panel: Innovative Research and Partnerships to Expand Access to Palliative Care

• Susan Enguidanos, PhD, MPH, University of Southern California

• Torrie Fields, MPH, Blue Shield of California

• Anna Rahman, PhD, University of Southern California

2. Paper Session: Communication for Patients and Providers: Interactions Between Clinicians and Adolescents with a Parent Receiving Hospice

• M. Murray Mayo, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, Ursuline College
Nurse-led Telephonic Case Management in Advanced Illness: Training Challenges

• Rebecca Yamarik, MD, MPH, FAAHPM, Long Beach Veterans Affairs
Beginning the Serious Illness Conversation Prior to Hospice Enrollment

• Sarah Blowers, MSN, RN, Hospice of the Western Reserve

• Denice Sheehan, PhD, RN, FPCN, Kent State University

3. Workshop: Cultivating Compassion in Palliative Care

• Jacky Thomas, PhD, California State University San Marcos

• Martha Stoddard Holmes, PhD, California State University San Marcos

• Marie D. Thomas, PhD, California State University San Marcos

4. Workshop: Implementation of a Palliative Medicine Onboarding Program for APPs Utilizing the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) Core Competencies

• Shirley Brogley, ACHPN, APN-BC, Christiana Care Health System

11:00 am Break with Exhibitors
11:15 am Concurrent Sessions
1. Panel: Incorporating Behavioral & Interprofessional Principles into Palliative Care Education & Research

• Julia Kasl-Godley, PhD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

• Veronica L. Shead, PhD, VA St. Louis Health Care System

• Brian D. Carpenter, PhD, Washington University

• Jennifer Gregg, PhD, San Jose State University

• Dianne Shumay, PhD, University of California San Francisco

• Rebecca S. Allen, PhD, ABPP, The University of Alabama

2. Paper Session: Building and Strengthening Palliative Care Programs: Palliative Care Program within a Dementia Capable System

• Debra Hain, PhD, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FNKF, Florida Atlantic University
Impact of Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Program in Patients with Life-limiting Disease

• Kiarash Noorizadeh, MD, Eisenhower Medical Center

• Rose Yun Rose Li, MD, PhD, Eisenhower Medical Center
Experiences of Undergraduate Nursing Students in a Hospice Setting

• Denice Sheehan, PhD, RN, FPCN, Kent State University

• Julie McBee, BSN, RN, Hospice of the Western Reserve

3. Workshop: Palliative and End-of-Life Nursing Education P4 Model

• Raeann G. LeBlanc, DNP, GNP-BC, ANP-BC, University of Massachusetts Amherst

• Olga Ehrlich, PhD, RN, CHPN, University of Massachusetts Amherst

• Katherine Murray, MA, BSN, RN, FT, CHPCN(C), Life and Death Matters

4. Workshop: Children of Adult Palliative Patients: A Psycho-Social-Spiritual Approach

• Allison Kestenbaum, MA, MPA, University of California San Diego Health

• Carlota Durazo, LCSW, University of California San Diego Health

12:15 pm Luncheon and Networking
1:15 pm Plenary Panel: Policy and Quality Reporting in Palliative Care: Opportunities and Challenges for Academic Faculty  

• Supported by the West Health Institute

• Moderator: Tim Lash, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health Institute and President, West Health Policy Center

• Marian Grant, DNP, Policy Consultant, Washington, DC

• Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, MHM, FAAHPM, University of California San Francisco

2:15 pm Break with Exhibitors
2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
1. Panel: Rounding with Chaplains: Inter-professional Experiential Model for Palliative Care Training

• Nadya Dimitrov DPM, PA-C, Stony Brook University

• Judy Knudson, MPAS, PAC, BSN, University of Colorado

• Rachel Revelle, MDiv, University of Colorado Hospital

2. Workshop: Palliative Care Education for Young Caregivers

• Sharon B. Hamill, PhD, California State University San Marcos

• Emily Merryweather, MA, NCC, California State University San Marcos

3. Workshop: Chair Somatics and Music

• Wendell Hanna, PhD, San Francisco State University

4. Workshop: Advance Care Planning for Academics: Engaging Learners in ACP Conversations

• Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, University of Maryland

3:30 pm Break with Exhibitors
3:45 pm Plenary: Getting the Rubber to Hit the Road: Medical Aid in Dying at the Intersection of Research, Policy, Practice, and Education

• Jennifer Moore Ballentine, MA, The Iris Project

4:45 pm Break with Exhibitors
5:00 pm Reception and Poster Session
6:30 pm Adjourn


Friday, Sept. 29

8:25 am Welcome

• Helen McNeal, BBA, Executive Director, CSU Institute for Palliative Care

8:30 am Plenary: Palliative Care and LGBTQ Persons: Countering Stigma and Nurturing Resilience

• Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, The George Washington University

• Brian de Vries, PhD, San Francisco State University

9:30 am Break with Exhibitors
9:45 am Concurrent Sessions
1. Workshop: Interactive Interdisciplinary Simulation for End-of-Life Education

• Carolyn Ackerman, EdD, MS, RN, CHPN, Regis University

• Bianca Calderon, PharmD, BCPS, Regis University

2. Paper Session: Pedagogical Innovations in Palliative Care: An Academic Solution: Teaching Roles and Priorities of Palliative Care Education, A Pediatric End-of-Life Simulation

• Natalie Lodewyk, RN, MS, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

• Deborah Nelson MS, PHN, RNC-OB, San Jose State University

• Susan McNiesh, PhD, MS, RNC-OB, San Jose State University
A Model for Educating MSW Students in Specialty Palliative Social Work

• Cathy Berkman, PhD, MSW, Fordham University
Using Visual Methods for Reflection Processes in Palliative Care Education

• Bruce L. Arnold, PhD, University of Calgary

• Linda S. Lloyd, DrPH, MPH, Public Health Consultant

• Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, OhioHealth

3. Workshop: How to Identify the Stages of the Geriatric Life Cycle and Prognosticate Patient-Centered Outcomes Associated with Each Stage

• Daniel Hoefer MD, Sharp Healthcare

4. Workshop: Mindfulness: Integrating Mind, Soul, and Neuroscience in Education and Practice

• Jerome Front, MA, LMFT, Pepperdine University

10:45 am Break with Exhibitors
11:00 am Plenary Panel: 2016 Seed Grant Research

• Supported by the Gary and Mary West Foundation

• Moderator: Greg Norman, PhD, Senior Director of Clinical Research, West Health Institute
Culturally Tailored Goals of Care Conversations at End-of-Life

• Ronit Elk, PhD, University of South Carolina
The High Fidelity Simulation in Interprofessional Education to Improve Palliative Care Project

• Joy R. Goebel RN, MN, PhD, FPCN

• Steve R. Wilson, PhD, LCSW, California State University Long Beach

• Measuring Undergraduate Nursing Student Knowledge in Palliative Care Delivery

• Raeann G. LeBlanc, DNP, GNP-BC, ANP-BC, University of Massachusetts Amherst

• Olga Ehrlich, PhD, RN, CHPN, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Making Autobiographical Music: Creatively Engaging College Students in Palliative Care

• Lori Montross-Thomas, PhD, University of California San Diego

12 Noon Luncheon

Announcement of 2017 Seed Grant Awardees

• Brenda Schmitthenner, MPA, Program Officer, Gary and Mary West Foundation

1:30 pm Closing Plenary: Making Space for Palliative Care: A Conversation Among Friends

• Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, OhioHealth

• Helen McNeal, BBA, CSU Institute for Palliative Care

2:30 pm Closing Remarks

• Helen McNeal, BBA, CSU Institute for Palliative Care

3:00 pm Adjourn