6th Annual Midwest Regional Palliative Care Conference May 4 & 5, 2017

Lake Geneva, WI US
May 4, 2017 to May 5, 2017

Thank You for another successful conference.

See you in 2018, April 19 & 20 at the Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI



  • Pre-Conference Workshops 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Networking Café 7:00pm – 9:00pm  


  • Full Day Conference 8:00am – 4:30pm

Generously supported by the Alvin & Marion Birnschein Foundation

Conference Plenary Speakers

Nathan Goldstein, MD, Professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a clinician investigator whose work examines patient-physician communication about deactivating implantable cardioverter defibrillators – work that is funded by an R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He is also the Chief of the Division of Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and a clinician researcher at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

Constance Dahlin, APRN-BC, ACHPN®, FPCN, FAAN, has extensive experience in hospice and palliative care.  Ms. Dahlin is the Director of Professional Practice at the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, a consultant to the Center to Advance Palliative Care for their community-based initiative, and Co-PI for 2 grants to educate rural and community clinicians on primary palliative care. She practices as a palliative APRN at North Shore Medical Center in Massachusetts. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing.

Edward Callahan, MD, MS, Medical College of Wisconsin, is a professor in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School and Emergency Medicine residency, and completed a Masters of Science degree in Administrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has worked as a medical director in community emergency medicine, and was residency program director for 15 years at MCW.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Pre-Conference Palliative Care Workshops

9:00 am -12:00 pm  Concurrent Morning Sessions 
PC-1 - System Change 101:  How can I Apply Palliative Principles to Effect Change at my Institution
Timothy Jessick, DO, Aurora West Allis Medical Center
PC-2 - Opioid Use in Palliative Care; Navigating the Tangled Web
James Cleary, MBBS, FAChPM, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
12:00- 1:00 pm LUNCH (provided for all-day attendees only)  
1:00 - 4:00 pm  Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
PC-3 - Communications Skills: Leading a Family Goal-Setting Meeting, David Weissman, MD, Professor Emeritus,
Medical College of Wisconsin
PC-4 - The Basics of Non-Pain Symptom Control at the End of Life – panel discussion, Elizabeth Thiel, MD, Christopher Lawton, MD,
Ruth Drazewski, APNP, Katy Van Schyndle, APNP, Medical College of Wisconsin

Friday, May 5, 2017
Full-day Conference

7:00 - 8:00 am    Registration/Networking/Exhibitors/Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:10 am    Welcome & Introductions
8:10 - 9:25 am    Plenary Session I 
Palliative Care for Patients with Heart Failure, Nathan Goldstein, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
9:30 - 10:30 am   Breakout Sessions A
A1 - Prognostication is Not About Being Right – Challenging Cases
Drew Rosielle, MD, University of Minnesota Medical Center
A2 - Thinking Outside the Box: Pharmaceutical Solutions for the Palliative Care Patient
Jacob J. Olson, PharmD, RPh; Nancy Stoehr, PharmD, Skywalk Pharmacy, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
10:30 -10:45 am   BREAK
10:45 -11:45 am   Breakout Sessions B 
B1 - Cultural Issues in Palliative Care, Jung Kwak, PhD, MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B2 - “Just Because We Can - Should We?”  Decision-Making in the Rapidly Changing Oncological Treatment Environment
Deborah Schneider, APNP; Susan Stolz, PA, Medical College of Wisconsin
12:00 -1:00 pm    LUNCH
1:15 – 2:15 pm    Plenary Session II
Palliative Care: A Kaleidoscope of Interdisciplinary Leadership, Connie Dahlin, APRN-BC, ACHPN®, Harvard Medical School
2:20 – 3:20 pm    Breakout Session C
C1 - Ethical Issues in Dementia and Alzheimer Disease, Piero Antuono, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
C2 - The Difficult Patient and Family:  A Psychological Perspective, Jo Weis, PhD; Alexandra Bear, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
3:20 – 3:30 pm    BREAK
3:30 – 4:30 pm    Plenary Session III
Fostering Resilience:  Bouncing Back from Personal and Professional Adversity, Edward Callahan, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin

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Hours of credit available:12.25
Workshop/s 3 per workshop, up to 6 
Full-day conference 6.25

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 12.25  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health professionals (RN, soc. workers, chaplains, therapists, etc) The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 12.25 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Physician Assistant
This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request up to 12.25 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit from the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined. Physician Assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

Nurse Practitioner
Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc. is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 150930.  This program has been approved for up to 12.25 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 1.0 hour of pharmacology).  Nurse Practitioners should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

Please contact Sue Stolz, PA, or Julie Leuck, NP with any questions regarding APP credits at sstolz@mcw.edu or jleuck@mcw.edu.

Program Changes
The planning committee reserves the right to substitute faculty or cancel sessions due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Credit Card Payments Only

Pre-Conference Workshop Fees: (includes lunch for full day attendees only):
$150 full day Workshops
$100 half day Workshop

Full-day Conference Fees: (includes continental breakfast/lunch/refreshments):
$229 MD/DO/PHD
$179 Allied Health Professionals
$125 Resident/Fellow

All continuing education fees are included. Certificates are awarded upon completion of on-line evalution.  Pre-conference Workshop: 3 credits per workshop.  Full-day conference: 6.25 credits.

Please note a non-refundable $9.00 processing fee will be assessed on all registrations.

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Credit Card Payments ONLY

All sales are final no refunds will be applied

Please dress in layers as the temperature 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. Review fundamentals of clinical care including symptom management in palliative care.
  2. Outline how to enhance your palliative care program from a systems perspective.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills when conducting a family meeting.
  4. Outline clinically responsible opioid prescribing.
  5. Identify and discuss current challenges to the delivery of effective palliative care in heart failure patients.
  6. Discuss challenges surrounding prognostication at end of life.
  7. Examine dementia as a terminal illness and discuss ways to effectively administer palliative care.
  8. Describe the impact of challenging patients and families on the practice of palliative care and outline effective intervention strategies.
  9. Identify the culturally diverse population of the future and discuss how palliative care can meet the needs of all.
  10. Identify uses of medications that can reduce suffering and improve comfort for the dying patient.
  11. Debate when to continue or to stop the use of chemotherapy and other antineoplastic interventions.
  12. Discuss the importance of interdisciplinary leadership in palliative care.
  13. Explore and review cultural diversity and racial/ethnic disparities at the end of life.
Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Rose Hackbarth
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 805-4634
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 12.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
  • 12.25 NP Contact Hours
  • 1.00 NP Pharmacology
    NP Pharmacology credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/04/2017 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
05/05/2017 - 4:30pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
United States

Grand Geneva
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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Medical College of Wisconsin Faculty Presenters

Piero Antuono, MD, Professor
Alexandra Bear, MD, Palliative Care Fellow
Ruth Drazewski, ACNS-BC, APNP, ACHPN®
Christopher Lawton, MD, Associate Professor
Deborah Schneider, BSN, RN, NP-C
Suan Stolz, PA-C
Elizabeth Thiel, MD, Assistant Professor
Catherine Van Schyndle, AGPCNP-BC, APNP, ACHPN®
Jo Weis, PhD, Associate Professor
David E. Weissman, MD, Professor Emeritus

Guest Faculty Presenters                  

James F. Cleary MBBS, FAChPM, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Timothy Jessick, DO, Aurora Healthcare 
Jung Kwak, PhD, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Drew Rosielle, MD University of Minnesota
Jake Olson, PharmD, Skywalk Pharmacy, Children Hospital of Wisconsin
Nancy Stoehr, PharmD, Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy 

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose with the exception of the following persons: Jonathan Gully, MD

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

  • 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 12.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
  • 12.25 NP Contact Hours
  • 1.00 NP Pharmacology
    NP Pharmacology credit.

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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