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4th Annual Great Lakes Regional Palliative Care Conference

Friday, April 17, 2018:30 AM - 5:00 PM



The conference this year has several of the Top 30 Visionaries in Palliative Care named in 2013 by the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (AAHPM) speaking and sharing their expertise.  Charles von Gunten, MD, will speak on early intervention palliative care, Martha Twaddle, MD, will discuss challenges in new hospice regulations, and David Weissman, MD will demonstrate how to conduct an effective family meeting.  Art Derse, MD, JD, MCW Professor of Ethics will speak on ethical and legal issues at end-of-life.  Some of the other topics to be presented include palliative care for veterans, factitious disorders in the palliative care patient,  skin issues at the end-of-life, moral distress in palliative care nursing, spirituality, dilemmas in medication management from intake to discharge, and is a natural death possible anymore? 



April 17, 2015


7:30 – 8:15      Registration & Open Networking

8:15 – 8:25      Welcome & Introductions, Wendy Peltier, MD, Director, MCW Palliative Care Center

8:25 – 9:40      Upstream/Early Intervention – Charles von Gunten, MD, MS, PhD. FACP, FAAHPM

9:40 – 9:55      Break

9:55 – 10:55    Session 1 Breakouts

  1. A Natural it Possible Any More?, Sean Marks, MD
  2. Factitious Disorders at End-of-Life, Jo Weis, PhD
  3. Dilemmas in Medication Management from Intake to Discharge, Krista Wiger, MD, Sam Maiser, MD Fellow

11:00 – 12:00  Session 2 Breakouts

  1. Spiritual Coping at End Of Life, Pastor Allyn Swan
  2. Skin Issues at End-of-Life, Barbara Wilson, MD
  3. Launching a Generalist-level Palliative Care Program, David Weissman, MD, FAAHPM

12:00 – 1:30    Working Lunch – Changes in Hospice Regulations – Martha Twaddle, MD

1:30 – 2:30      Session 3 Breakouts

  1. Moral Distress in Palliative Care Nursing, Tiffany Wolfgram, CNS, Natalie McAndrew, NP
  2. Neuroprognosis in the Era of Hypothermia, Ann Helms, MD
  3. Care of Veterans at End of Life, Katherine Recka, MD

2:30 – 2:45      Break

2:45 – 3:45      Ethical and Legal Issues at End-of-Life – Arthur L. Derse, MD, JD

3:45 – 5:05      Leading a Family Goals of Care Conference – David Weissman, MD, FAAHPM



Registration opening January 2, 2015.


Venue information:

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Lake Geneva, WI
855-833-5345 (toll free)

Discounted group rate of $109 per night (not including applicable taxes).   When registering please mention you are attending a MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN function on April 17, 2015 This group rate is available through March 17, 2015
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