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Register now for an upcoming session on palliative care.

Upcoming Sessions

11/14/19, Existential and Spiritual Assessments
Presented by Jason Callahan, MDiv.
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify existential distress in patients, families and caregivers.
  • Select appropriate interventions in addressing existential distress.
  • Discuss grief and bereavement issues.

12/12/19, Five Key Takeaways from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) National Seminar
Presented by J. Brian Cassel, PhD; Danielle Noreika, MD


Previous Sessions

02/14/19, Introduction to Palliative and Supportive Care
Presented by Danielle Noreika, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Define palliative care and differentiate from hospice.
  • Describe reasons for referral to palliative care.
  • Describe basic structure of palliative care team.

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02/28/19, Surgical Palliative Care
Presented by Emily Rivet, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Define surgical palliative care.
  • Compare considerations in palliative patients undergoing surgery.
  • Highlight surgical challenges in palliative patients.

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Further reading


03/14/19, Basics of Advance Care Planning
Presented by Candace Blades, RN, JD
Learning Objectives:

  • Define advance care planning.
  • Overview of legal documents in advance care planning.
  • Tools to help your patients complete an advance care plan.

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03/28/19, Basics of Cancer Pain Management
Presented by Egidio DelFabbro, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Define basic evaluation of pain assessment in cancer patients.
  • Differentiate cancer pain from non-cancer pain assessment.
  • Define broad strategies of cancer pain management.

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04/11/19, Pediatric Palliative Care
Presented by Kelly Lastrapes, MD and Amanda Gideon, Peds Palliative NP
Learning Objectives:

  • Define the pediatric palliative care patient population.
  • Define the difference between hospice and palliative care in pediatrics.
  • Describe reasons for referral to pediatric palliative care.

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04/25/19, Safety in Opioid Use in Serious Illness
Presented by Egidio DelFabbro, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Review risk assessment in opioid prescribing.
  • Compare and contrast risk assessment for chronic non-malignant pain to pain management in serious illness.
  • Review data for UDS use in serious illness care.

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05/09/19, The Virginia Physician Order for Scope of Treatment (POST)
Presented by Danielle Noreika, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Define the POST form.
  • Describe patient care circumstances that apply to the POST form.
  • Discuss how to determine the medical care plan with a POST.

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05/23/19, Helping Children of Adult Patients
Presented by Amanda Gideon, CPNP
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how different age groups receive and understand information around serious illness and death.
  • Summarize tools to aid in communication to children related to an adult with a serious illness.
  • Discuss various methods of memory making for children.

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06/13/19, Mindfulness and Provider Self Care
Presented by Danielle Noreika, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce provider self care.
  • Define mindfulness.
  • Describe how to integrate mindfulness into a busy practice to support provider self care.

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08/08/19, Methadone Use in Palliative Care
Presented by Egidio Del Fabbro, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how methadone differs from other opioids.
  • Discuss how to rotate to methadone from other opioids.
  • Discuss instances in which methadone might be considered in first-line therapy in palliative care patients.

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08/22/19, CBD: What You Need to Know
Presented by Aron Lichtman, PhD
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how CBD is derived.
  • Define potential scientific basis for clinical efficacy.
  • Overview lack of evidence for many clinical scenarios to date.
  • Describe cautions in clinical use.

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Further reading - Devane, et al.
Further reading - Gaoni, Mechoulam
Further reading - Herkenham
Further reading - Lee
Further reading - Matsuda
Further reading - Mechoulam, et al.
Further reading - Munro
Further reading - Van Sickle
Further reading - Zendulka, et al.
Further reading for case presentation - Go, et al.
Further reading for case presentation - Liebling, et al.
Further reading for case presentation - Mitchell, et al.
Further reading for case presentation - Puntillo, et al.
Further reading for case presentation - Sager, et al.


09/12/19, Outpatient Palliative Care
Presented by Brian Cassel, PhD
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the necessary partnerships with referrers and other community services to build a successful outpatient program.
  • Select appropriate measures for evaluating an outpatient palliative care program.
  • Integrate patient and stakeholder needs into a business plan for an outpatient program.

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09/26/19, All of Your Patients are Delirious: What to do about it
Presented by Egidio Del Fabbro, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Define delirium.
  • Overview tools of delirium screening.
  • Overview of management strategies for delirium.

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Further reading list
Further reading - Hov, et al.


10/10/19, Getting Through to Physicians Resistant to Consulting Palliative Care
Presented by Emily Rivet, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Assess gaps in consult volumes from palliative-relevant populations.
  • Discuss evidence on barriers to consulting palliative care.
  • Describe rapport-building approaches for multiple disciplines.

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Further reading - Rivet, et al. and Kotter, et al.


10/24/19, Palliative Radiation
Presented by Christopher McLaughlin, MD
Learning Objectives:

  • Brief overview of radiation techniques.
  • Overview of symptoms that may be relieved by radiation.
  • Brief overview of relevant literature to treatment of symptoms with palliative radiation.

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