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Frame Shifting Our Discussions About Prognosis and End of Life (Pre-registration required)

15 Mar 2024
Venue: MTCC
Meeting Room: 601/602
Health Services & Implementation
  • Accredited:
    • Accredited
  • Primary Categories:
    • Health Care Inequities and health disparities
  • Secondary Categories:
    • Health Care Inequities and health disparities
  • Level of Learner:
    • Basic
Engage with this captivating and informative session tailored exclusively for our esteemed medical professionals. Join us for a truly interactive experience where you can delve into your own experiences when it comes to delivering sensitive news regarding a challenging prognosis for patients on the precipice of life-threatening complications, as well as their families.
Dive into the insightful expertise of our esteemed speakers:
  • Dr. Lauren Treat, an MD, will lead a compelling discussion on the pivotal role of pediatric palliative care in providing unwavering support to children grappling with serious illnesses. She will skillfully outline the intricacies of delivering crucial prognostic information.
  • With her extensive expertise, Deb Fisher, CNP, MS, will expound upon the significance of initiating palliative care, and often hospice care, in a strategic and early manner, particularly within genetic and metabolism populations.
  • Shannon McNeil, LCSW, will elucidate the unique requirements for seamless collaboration between genetics and metabolism providers and hospice organizations. Discover how their partnership can improve patient care.
  • Dr. Deb Regier, MD PhD, will share her invaluable insights based on her experiences in creating a dedicated genetics palliative care clinic, providing a model for comprehensive patient support.
  • Dr. Amy Kritzer, MD, will offer a glimpse into her role as the national medical advisor for Make A Wish, shedding light on her experiences in facilitating the dreams of children facing serious illnesses.
Throughout the session, engage in role-play scenarios carefully designed to immerse you in real-life situations, making this an enriching and engaging experience. Prepare to expand your knowledge, hone your communication skills, and enhance your ability to provide compassionate care to patients and their families in challenging circumstances. Don't miss this opportunity to sharpen your expertise in the medical field.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify how feelings of inadequacy led to your own hesitancy at discussing palliative or end of life plans
  2. Recognize that all professionals struggle to find the right time to bring up end of life decision discussions
  3. Identify tools you can use to overcome your own feelings with end-of-life issues to improve patient communication
  4. Realize that discussing palliative options in an open and honest way is most often a positive experience for families.