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2017 Palliative Care Symposium Program Announced

National Symposium Advances Palliative Care Education and Research

CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Symposium Announces Agenda

July 11, 2017 (SAN DIEGO) – The California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is hosting its second national symposium for academic faculty interested in advancing palliative education and research, with the goal of improving care and quality of life for the country’s most chronically ill patients. The program for the two-day conference, being held September 28 – 29, 2017, can now be viewed on its website Innovate. Investigate. Educate: Advancing Academic Palliative Care Education and Research. Over 200 nationwide faculty will convene to collaborate in educational and research advances in palliative care in North County San Diego, California.

Palliative Care Eases Suffering

Palliative care provides those with a serious or chronic illness – from the time of diagnosis throughout the course of treatment – care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and managing suffering. Delivered by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and other practitioners, it addresses the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Symposium Advances Teaching and Research

The national symposium is building on the momentum of its successful launch in 2016, which drew educators and researchers from 29 institutions across the United States. “By this gathering which advances palliative care, we are stimulating conversations and catalyzing new work to assure that tomorrow’s health care professionals will embrace and practice the additional level of support for the chronically or seriously ill that is palliative care,” commented CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Executive Director Helen McNeal. “In order to achieve the transformation necessary for palliative care to become the standard of care nationally, we need higher education faculty and researchers to share innovations in teaching this model of care, and explore further opportunities for research and collaboration.”

Nationally-recognized Speakers Will Present

The symposium will feature nationally-recognized experts in palliative care teaching and research, including:

  • Jean S. Kutner MD, MPH/MSPH, FAAHPM, FACP, University of Colorado Hospital
  • Charles von Gunten, MD, PhD, OhioHealth
  • Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, George Washington University
  • Brian de Vries, PhD, San Francisco State University
  • Marian Grant, DNP, Policy Consultant, Washington, DC
  • Steven Pantilat, MD, FAAHPM, FACP, University of California San Francisco
  • Jennifer Ballentine, MA, San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care

Learn More

To learn more or register for the conference, visit or call the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at 760-750-7289.

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