Monday, November 26, 2007
Early this year I posted a preview section for the AAHPM/HPNA conference in Salt Lake City. Of course last year when I decided to post it, it was too late for people to people to change their registered pre-conferences, so this year I am going to cover the pre-conferences early enough to give you some thoughts on what might interest you. Today, I highlight the AAHPM pre-cons, later the HPNA pre-cons.
I started doing the preview because one of my favorite things about conferences is talking to other people to see what they are interested in, so feel free to tell us what you are going to and why. If you are giving any of these talks, I encourage you to leave some comments to get more people aware of your talk. There are some good ones!
Wednesday January 30th, 2008
The AAHPM includes this as part of a series (A,B,C) with the other sessions usually taught at Current Concepts or other times throughout the year. Since I completed a palliative medicine fellowship, I have not seen the need to go to this, although there may be some tips to be picked up here. I have not heard anyone ever rave about the regulatory module (YAWN! (but important if any Medicare officials are reading this blog!)) , but I think that is probably due to the nature of having an important foundation in hospice regulations if you plan on being a hospice medical director. Regulations...you gotta know them, you may not like them, you may think they don't make sense, but they are here to stay. Until they change next year.
Quality Measures for Hospice & Palliative Care
by Dy, Hanson, Asch, Wenger, Walling
Moving Beyond "I Hate These Discussions": Gratifying Tools to Facilitate Patient and Family Decision Making Near the End of Life
by Menkin and Weiner
by Davis, Lasheen, Walsh, LeGrand
Is it just me, or does that list not seem impressive if you leave out first names. Davis means nothing to me, unless I see Mellar in front of it, same with Walsh without the Declan, and LeGrand is unique enough to stand alone. The good folks at Cleveland Clinic return with a comprehensive opioid talk. A good one for feeling more confident in titration and conversions which is something all good palliative care practitioners should feel comfortable with. While MD based, I think this could be very beneficial for nurses as well since they often are catalysts in titrating opioids and the first line in the home at observing potential toxicities.
arvard PCEP are great opportunities that compresses and shares many years of experience in just a few hours. For more info on each one, click on the link for the discipline above. These are sponsored by the College of Palliative Care and have NO FEE!! Thanks CPC!
by Casarett, Ferrell, Tulsky, Kramer, Bakos
Also a NO FEE talk, this talk is a similar theme to pre-cons in the past few years. We got to build our research base people! Hopefully many will get inspired and do some great non-observational research (i.e. RCT's and treatment trials). I found this talk very helpful/inspirational in the past, but the one thing this talk will likely not get you is an infrastructure to do research, so hopefully you already have one in place, because you won't learn how to make you community hospice into a research institute in the next 24 months. Great speakers by the way and always nice to have Alexis Bakos from the NIH to help get us the inside scoop.
Mediating Ethical Dilemmas at the End of Life
by Williams and Arnold
While no class on ethics will ever tell you the answer to every ethical dilemma you have encountered, having a structural framework that is clinically applicable and teachable (as this session promises) is a great tool for our field. I am not sure what a MB ChB is, but Charlotte Williams, MBchB from UAB joins Bob Arnold for what looks to be a new and invigorating addition to the pre-cons.
by Pulchalski, Blatt, Lunsford, Baird
FICA is your friend. No really. This is a great tool, and this session will highlight this tool and other strategies and themes. I have not yet had the pleasure to hear Christine Puchalski speak, but I have heard good things about her sessions in the past. This session should be a good one, and if you think you know FICA, they will likely expand your understanding and flexibility in approaching this powerful subject. I just hope the session has a wide audience and attracts more than just the choir (sorry) so that some people become more comfortable about spirituality and medicine.
by Yellig, Fine, Panchal
Overheard conversation at AAHPM/HPNA in 2015:
Sue: "Hi! I'm a Spiritual Palliativist."Sorry that became more of an editorial. Final verdict: looks like a good session.
Tom: "Nice to meet you. I am an Interventional Palliativist. Have you met Joe? He is our new Conversational Palliativist."
I will review the HPNA pre-cons in the next couple of days. And I am by far not the final word on any of these. Pick what interests you and feel free to offer comments about why you are going to any of the above session.
- Interesting Quote of the Month with Palliative Care Influences:
“Life is not what we experience, it is what we remember and how we remember in order to retell it.” - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Living to Tell The Tale
- Pallimed represent! I (Christian) will be at the Cachexia Conference in Tampa next week. I will have a Pallimed sticker on my badge, so feel free to come say hi if you see me, or post a comment or email me if you are going to be there and want to got to a Tampa Bay Lightning game Thursday night. I plan to report back from the conference to tell all Pallimed readers how to defeat cachexia!
- Tom recently posted some info on "disadvantaged dying." Pallimed reader K Jacobs chimed in with this link to the AAIDD position statement on EOL care in the disadvantaged.
- Edwin Leap, MD reflects on witnessing the impact of death in the ED, and how it seems like an alternate universe when he comes home to his family. I think this is something that could be echoed loudly by our field. Seeing death on a regular basis in our work makes little things in life much more valuable. It would be great to see some more palliative care oriented blogs to balance out the ED ones. (via Kevin MD)