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3rd Annual 2014 Spring Conference:  “Challenging Topics in Palliative Care: Beyond the Basics”

Friday, April 4, 2014

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

This conference will address complex issues that will challenge even the most experienced physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other members of the health care team.  A mix of plenary and breakout sessions promise to provide recommendations for effective treatment options for the most complicated cases and to evoke questions that expand research horizons.


Plenary Speakers


David E. Weissman, MD, Professor Emeritus

Past, Present and Future of Palliative Care

Founder of the Medical College of Wisconsin Palliative Care Center.  He is Board Certified in Medical Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  In 1991 he began one of the first academic palliative care programs in the United States.  In 2003, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Palliative Care Program was designated as one of six United States Palliative Care Leadership Centers by the Center to Advance Palliative Care.  Dr. Weissman is director of EPERC, End-of-Life Palliative Education Resource Center and he was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.   Currently, he serves as a consultant to the Center to Advance Palliative Care and runs a consulting practice, Palliative Care Education, LLC.


Holly Gwen Prigerson, PhD, Director, Center for Psychosocial Epidemiology and Outcomes Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Division of Geriatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College

Promoting the Quality of Life and Care of Patients Near Death

Dr. Holly Prigerson is involved with a wide variety of research projects including DSM-V field trials for Prolonged Grief Disorder, intervention studies for Prolonged Grief, and an NCI and NIMH funded multi-site prospective cohort study of advanced cancer patients and their family caregivers who survive them (the Coping with Cancer study.) The Coping with Cancer study has generated a program of research that has included examination of: ethnic disparities in and mediators of end of life care; the effects of prognostic discussions on patients' emotional and cognitive acceptance of their terminal illness, healthcare and the costs of healthcare received in the last week of life; studies of factors predicting patient end of life treatment preferences, quality of death, and surviving caregiver bereavement adjustment.


Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Speed Dating: Pharmacotherapy at End of Life

Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is professor and vice chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and the director of Pharmacotherapy Services at University Care Waxter in Baltimore. Dr. McPherson has maintained a practice in both hospice (local and national) and ambulatory care her entire career. She teaches extensively in the PharmD curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content, and she also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the US.


Kathryn Walker, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science University of Maryland School fo Pharmacy

Speed Dating: Pharmacotherapy at End of Life

Dr. Kathryn Walker is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and was one of the first pharmacists in the country to become a Certified Pain Educator. Dr. Walker's passion for alleviating suffering at the end-of-life includes a major focus on pain management and drives her efforts in clinical practice, research and education. She created a pharmacy-based pain consult team and was instrumental in establishing a palliative medicine consult team at Union Memorial Hospital. This unique interdisciplinary setting is where she conducts the majority of her research initiatives. Her research interests include impact of palliative care services, medication use at end of life, and education of health professionals in providing quality end of life care. Dr. Walker is involved in many educational efforts to increase awareness of pain and end of life issues. She concentrates on teaching medication management techniques related to appropriate use of drug therapy.

Registration is open.

Venue information:

Crown Plaza Milwaukee Airport
6401 South 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Discounted group rate of $99 per night (not including applicable taxes).   When registering please mention you are attending a MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN function on April 4, 2014

This group rate is available through March 14, 2014
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