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5th Annual Carrie Falk Memorial Lecture “Communicating With Patients at the End of Life: Saying What You Mean” April 1904-19-20189:30 AM
- 11:00 AMFroedtert Hospital, Helfaer AuditoriumJill Simonsonjsimonso@mcw.edu
5th Annual Carrie Falk Memorial Lecture “Communicating With Patients at the End of Life: Saying What You Mean” Ashley Shreves, MD
A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Carrie Falk joined the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in 2011 as a Resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She was smart, funny, energetic, and incredibly caring. During her second year of residency she was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. Following an incredible journey of courage and humility, Dr. Falk passed away on July 14, 2013 at the age of 31. She is recognized as a posthumous member of the Class of 2014. Carrie’s all too brief life touched so many, and the department wanted to find a way to keep her memory and her legacy alive. Attending a “Block Melanoma” event in her final days, Carrie was sitting with a group of her residency classmates, family, and friends. She said that if she were to somehow survive this cancer, she would want to give back; to help physicians understand what cancer patients go through; and to help the health care team provide compassion and empathy to their patients.
In honor of Carrie’s wishes, and with the support of the family, we have created the Carrie Falk Memorial Lecture. Contributions to this lecture series help us brings national speakers to our campus every year. The lecture series will focus specifically on end of life, empathy, and courage.