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Third Annual San Diego Palliative Care Conference – themed “Palliative Care: High Tech / High Touch”

Early bird registration discount available until May 15

May 10, 2018 (SAN DIEGO) – Palliative care professionals from across San Diego County will gather June 15 at Cal State San Marcos for a full day of education and collaboration on how technology and compassion can be used to improve quality of life for seriously ill patients and families.

Registration is now open for the Third Annual San Diego Palliative Care Conference — themed “Palliative Care: High Tech / High Touch” — presented by the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM and the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care. Featured speakers include renowned palliative care physician Michael Rabow, MD, FAAHPM, delivering the 2018 Thomas J. Chippendale Memorial Keynote Address.

Dr. Rabow is the director of the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a nationally recognized expert in outpatient palliative care research and delivery, and community-based palliative care. Dr. Chippendale was a beloved neurologist in North San Diego County whose compassionate and whole-person approach to care made a tremendous impact on patients, families, and the region’s healthcare community.

Dr. Sharon Hamill, professor of Psychology and Institute Faculty Director at CSUSM, said the one-day conference “provides an invaluable opportunity to learn about new developments in palliative care and to connect with other healthcare professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life for seriously/chronically ill patients and their families.”

“By partnering with the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care, we are furthering regional efforts to combine the power of education with the skill and passion of health care professionals at the bedside to change the very nature of healthcare,” Hamill said.

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary, patient-centered approach to care designed to optimize quality of life for people with serious or life-limiting illness by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. It is appropriate from the time of diagnosis onward, and can be provided alongside curative treatment. Palliative care should not to be confused with hospice, which is a specific type of comfort care for patients at the end of life.

Attendees who register for the conference by May 15 will receive an early bird discount of 10 percent. The cost of regular registration is $175, which includes breakfast, lunch and a reception; or $200, which includes the standard registration as well as applicable CE or CME credits.

For more information on the conference, or to register, visit or call 760-750-3005.

San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care

The California Coalition for Compassionate Care (CCCC), through its statewide organization and local coalitions, strives to provide resources to health providers and the public to aid in the difficult decisions patients and families face at any point in a serious illness. The San Diego chapter of the CCCC is working to ensure that all people in San Diego County have the opportunity to discuss their healthcare priorities with their loved ones, friends and healthcare providers, complete advance care planning documents, and make informed decisions about the medically appropriate treatment they want, and don’t want, in alignment with their goals of care.

About the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos

The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM is a campus partner of the California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care, which is dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to palliative care by educating current and future healthcare professionals and community members. As the flagship campus partner, CSUSM is working to support the mission of the Institute by integrating the topic of palliative care into the daily curriculum as well as expanding awareness of the importance of palliative care to campus staff, faculty, and community members throughout Southern California.

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