5th Annual Midwest Regional Palliative Care Conference April 21-22, 2016

Lake Geneva, WI US
April 21, 2016 to April 22, 2016

Thursday, April 21
Pre-Conference Events


Froedtert and Medical College Clinical Cancer Center
Third Annual Carrie Falk Memorial Lecture
April 21, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Mortals: Why Caring for the Seriously Ill is So Hard

Speaker: Tammie E. Quest, MD 
Hosted by the Department of Emergency Medicine
For information contact:
Jill Simonson, BA, C-TAGME

Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI

Pre-Conference Workshop - Advanced Communication Skills (SOLD OUT)

Networking Café 
7:00-9:00 PM
This event will offer the opportunity to speak personally with the plenary speakers as well other conference attendees from the greater regional area.  (No fee, but registration is required) 


Full Day Conference

Friday, April 22, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

This year we are fortunate to have several national plenary speakers, including Tammie Quest, MD, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center, Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center; Lynn McPherson, PharmD, Professor and Vice Chair for Education at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy; Arthur Derse, MD, JD, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin and Timothy Jessick, DO, Aurora Healthcare and the co-founder and President of the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin (PCNOW).

Generously supported by the Alvin & Marion Birschein Foundation

Plenary Speakers:

Tammie E. Quest, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Emory University School of Medicine; will explore the implementation of pallaitive medicine in the ED setting. 

Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., BCPS,CPE, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy speaking on pharmacologic interventions that provide better symptom management for the palliative care patient.

Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP, Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, a Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities, will speak on ethical and legal issues in palliative care.  American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging.

Timothy J. Jessick, DO, Chairman Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, Palliative Medicine consultant and Chair of the Ethics Committee at Aurora West Allis Medical Center will discuss the the barriers and opportunities for hospital systems change to improve palliative care services for all patients.

In addition to the national speakers, Medical College of Wisconsin faculty will be presenting on topics such as: what is new in surgical palliative care, interventional radiology, opioid analgesics, and much more.   

Medical College of Wisconsin Faculty Presenters

Jonathan Gully, MD Assistant Professor
Fabian Johnston, MD Assistant Professor
Sean Marks, MD, Assistant Professor
Jayshil Patel, MD, Assistant Professor
Sean Tutton, MD,  Professor
Krista Wiger, MD, Assistant Professor

Guest Faculty Speakers                  

Linda Blust, MD, Kindred Healthcare, Denver, CO
Tracy Cardin, NP, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Matthew LoConte, MD, VA Hospital, Madison, WI
Sam Maiser, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Jolene Renda, DNP, ANP/CNP, VA Hospital, La Crosse, WI
Tracy Schroepfer, MSW, PhD  Univeristy of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Janet Stephens, BS, RRT, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI


Hours of credits available:
SOLD OUT - Advanced Communication Skills Workshop
8 hours - Full day conference

ACCME Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of up to 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychology CE Credit Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor up to 11.0 continuing education credits for psychologists.  The Medical College of Wisconsin maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health professionals (soc. workers, chaplains, therapists, etc) The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 11 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Advanced Practice Providers (APP) - RN's, NP's & PA's
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of up to 11 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel, of which 1.0 is approved for pharmacology credit. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

Froedtert Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Up to 11.0 hours of continuing medical education can be awarded, of which 1.0 is approved for pharmacology credit. Nurses should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.  Registered NP's  and nurses will receive continuing education credits the day of the conference following completion and submittal of conference evaluations. 
Please contact Sue Stolz, PA, or Julie Leuck, NP with any questions regarding APP credits at sstolz@mcw.edu or jleuck@mcw.edu


Registration Fees:
$0  - Communication Skills (SOLD OUT)

 $189 - MD/DO & PhD 
 $139 - Health Care Professional
           (Soc.Worker,Chaplain,Therapist, etc) 
  $99  -  Fellows/Residents 
 $139 - Advanced Practice Providers (RN, NP & PA)
Please note a processing fee will be assessed on all registrations.

Credit Fees:
$25.00 - AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (physician)
$25.00 - APA credits (psychologist
$25.00 - Hours of Participation credits (allied health)
NO CHARGE - Advanced Practice Providers (
RN, PA & NP)
        (When checking out choose "NO CREDIT" and continue)

If you have not previously created your EthosCE profile please click on the register button at the bottom of this website.  Once you have created your account, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Begin" button to register for this conference.

Credit Card Payments ONLY

All sales are final no refunds will be applied

For Agenda, and Networking Cafe & Breakout session registration form go to http://www1.mcw.edu/Palliative-Care-Center.htm
Please dress in layers as the temperatures of the conference rooms may fluctuate.

Target Audience

Intermediate/Advanced Palliative Care Practitioners:
physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, nurse practioners, physician assistants, regitered nurses, hospice personnel, social workers,chaplains, therapists, fellows and residents, and others who are involved in developing and advancing programs in their hospitals and community care facilities. 


Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss medical futility at the end of life.
  2. Address challenges related to the ongoing use of BiPap and CPAP in the MICU at the end-of-life.
  3. Explore the impact of maternalism and paternalism as related to the implementation of palliative care.
  4. Evaluate the controversy around the use of opioids at end of life.
  5. Identify specific palliative care challenges when treating patients with neuromuscular diseases.
  6. Address the current legislative and public opinion climate in Wisconsin and neighboringstates pertaining to the advancement of palliative care in all communities.
  7. Explore the ability to provide palliative care services via telehealth technology.
  8. Examine the challenges of providing palliative care in the assisted living environment.
  9. Outline ways Interventional Radiology and Palliative Care can complement each other in providing compassionate care for patients at end-of-life.
  10. Explore the successful implementation of palliative medicine in the ED setting.
  11. Examine surgical interventions for the treatment of malignant bowel obstructions.
  12. Discuss spiritual and cultral issues at the end-of-life that impact how palliative care is delivered and received.
  13. Outline effective pharmacologic interventions that provide better symptom management for the pallaitive care patient.
Additional information


Rose Hackbarth
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 805-4634
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 11.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 11.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/21/2016 - 1:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/22/2016 - 5:15pm CDT
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
United States

Grand Geneva
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Call: (800)558-3417 to reserve your room: please mention "5th Annual Midwest Regional Palliative Care Conference or The Medical College of Wisconsin" conference on April 21 & 22, 2016.  Special room rate $114.00 (not including campus fee or taxes) if available until April 15, 2016

Recreational activities:

Special pricing has been arranged with the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa for those looking for a "get away" weekend after the conclusion of the conference.  The group rate will be extended through Saturday, April 24th when booked by March 22, 2016.

Jo Weis, PhD, Associate Professor, Course Director
Julianne Leuck, NP, Planning Committee
Sean Marks, MD, Assistant Professor, Planning Committee
Wendy Peltier, MD, Associate Professor, Planning Committee

Katherine Recka, MD, Assistant Professor, Planning Committee
Susan Stolz, PA, Planning Committee

Rose Hackbarth, Program Coordinator, Planning Committee

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In accordance with the ACCME® standards for Commercial Support Number 6, all in control of content disclosed any relevant financial relationships. These relationships were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.


Available Credit

  • 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 11.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 11.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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