Tuesday, February 2, 2010

AAHPM Social Media Workgroup at the Annual Assembly

**Fixed Survey Link**

A new session has been added to the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly in Boston, MA on Friday March 5th from 7-8:15am.  Bloggers from Pallimed and GeriPal have been invited to give a interactive workshop on social media in hospice and palliative care.  The panel and abstract is listed below.  It is not in any of the current material and has been developed in just the past few weeks.  We are planning on presenting for the first 30 minutes and then opening it up to the group for questions. 

If you are interested in going, no need to RSVP, but if you want to help direct the content please feel free to fill out this survey (short, I swear!).  Also posting comments here is a good idea too.  The talk will be posted after the conference so learning and networking can happen before, during and after.

Title: Social Media in Palliative Care Communities: Developing and Maintaining your Online Presence.


Amy Clarkson, MD, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, Kansas City, MO (Pallimed)
Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, Kansas City, MO (Pallimed)
Alexander Smith, MD, UC San Francisco (GeriPal)
Eric Widera, MD, UC San Francisco (GeriPal)
Amber Wollesen, MD, Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO (Pallimed)
In this session, the panel will present the various social media platforms where palliative care information is being created, commented on, and shared. Understanding the importance of social media to hospice and palliative care as a field is helpful in spreading information consistent with our professional values, dispelling myths, and educating professionals in addition to patients and families. We will present successful examples of palliative care in social media from the perspective on the individual as well as the larger community. Despite the opportunities, there are concerns about privacy, time commitment, and legal risks which will also be addressed. The session will not go into detail on the 'how-to' aspects of specific social media platforms. The initial presentation will be approximately 30-40 minutes with plenty of time for discussion with the audience and panel.

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