Clinical and Professionals Session

Fourth Annual Palliative Care Conference
Palliative Care Across The Lifespan

Friday, May 8, 2015
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Rangos Research Center
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

​Agenda ​
​7:15 – 7:45 a.m. ​Registration and Breakfast
7:45– 8:00 a.m. ​Welcome and Introduction
​8:00 – 9:00 a.m. ​Keynote Speaker: Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAHPM
​9:00 – 9:20 a.m. ​Break
​9:20– 10:40 a.m. ​Ehtical Issues and Decision Making. Presented by David Orenstein, MD and Jason Byron, MA
10:40 ​– 11:45 a.m. ​Moral Distress. Presented by Valerie Satkoske, PhD
11:45 a.m. ​–  1:00 p.m. ​Spiritual Care for Palliative Care. Presented by Richard Freeman, Sr., MSPC
​1:15 – 2:30  p.m. ​Breakout Session: Perinatal Palliative Care - Helping Parents Plan for the Unexpected. Scott Maurer, MD
​2:40 – 3:25 p.m. ​Breakout Session: Transitioning Kids to Adulthood. Sonia Malhotra, MD
3:30 ​– 4:15 p.m. ​Breakout Session: Hot Topics for Adults at End of Life. Denise Stahl, MSN, ACHPN
4:15 p.m. ​Closing Remarks and Evaluation
​4:30 p.m. ​Adjournment

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this event is to disuss the development and implementation of palliataive care across the lifespan.

  • Participants will have increased knowledge of the development of palliative care
  • Participants will have increased knowledge on ethical dilemmas in end of life care
  • Participants will practice communication skills for patients and families across the lifespan

Keynote Speaker

Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAHPM

Dr. Charles F. von Gunten is the Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospice and Palliative Medicine for the OhioHealth System based in Columbus, Ohio. He is the Chairman, Test Committee, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine. He is Co-Principal for the Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) Project and its revision for oncology, EPEC-O.

He received the Palliative Care Pioneer award from the American Cancer Society and the life-time achievement award from the American Academy for Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2011 when he was only 54 years old. In the same year he was named a

Dr. von Gunten received the Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1978. He then earned a PhD in Biochemistry and the MD degree with honors from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1988. He subsequently pursued residency training in Internal Medicine, followed by subspecialty training in Hematology/Oncology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. After joining Northwestern

Continuing Education Credits for Friday, May 8, 2015

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credittm.

This program is offered for 7.5 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call (412) 624-3711.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Information

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling (412) 692-3585.

Faculty Disclosure

All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships wiht any proprietary entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distrusting health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients..

Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

For information on University equal opportunity and affirmative action programs, please contact:

University of Pittsburgh
Office of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion

Carol W. Mohamed, Director (and Title IX, 504 and ADA Coordinator)
412 Bellefield Hall
315 South Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For complete details on the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy, please refer to Policy 07-01-03.

For information on how to file a complaint under this policy, please refer to Procedure 07-01-03.

Contact Us

For questions or more information about the conference please contact:

Lori Malazich, MSW

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