The annual Symposium features inspiring speakers who are internationally recognized experts in palliative care teaching and practice!
Share Your Work
Expand your reach and enhance your work by presenting at our 2020 Palliative Care Symposium. The Call for Abstracts Opens Feb. 3!
Be an Exhibitor
At the Symposium, exhibitors enjoy multiple opportunities to engage with attendees in a uniquely collaborative conference setting.
What is the Symposium?
The National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education and Research is the premier gathering of palliative care professionals devoted to advancing palliative care education and research with the goal of improving care for those with serious, chronic, or life-threatening illness.
Now in its fifth year, the Institute convenes the National Symposium to host thought leaders in palliative care scholarship so palliative care concepts are woven into academic, clinical or non-clinical education where future professionals’ expertise in palliative care is cultivated.
The National Symposium will be of interest to college and university faculty, healthcare practitioners, post-doctoral fellows and students, and anyone engaged in designing and delivering curriculum, performing research, or providing instruction and oversight of professionals in training.
COVID-19 Responsiveness in Symposium Planning
We at the Institute have experienced, as have many of you, constantly shifting factors in our environment as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to assure you that our planning steps for the Symposium are being conducted with your safety and security at heart.
While we hope that the outbreak and resultant changes are well under control by October, the number of abstracts submitted and other contractual obligations for the event will inform our decisions over the next several months. Our current plan is to make a decision regarding the October 8-9, 2020, Symposium by summer to allow presenters and attendees time to make decisions about attending.
The Symposium Program Committee is working to assemble an innovative, collaborative program, incorporating new disciplines and technologies. At the same time, these resources are being assembled thoughtfully, with flexibility incorporated to be able to respond to our rapidly changing environment. We believe that palliative care is more important than ever. Please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can assist you with questions or concerns.
2020 Theme and Keynote Speakers!
The 2020 Symposium will be held Oct. 8-9 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, with the theme Palliative Care: Inclusive, Integrative, & Interprofessional. The event will feature an impressive lineup of nationally recognized experts in palliative care teaching, research, and practice whose work is helping to advance the field, promote inclusivity, enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, and/or address healthcare disparities that limit access to palliative care.
Our 2020 keynote speakers include:
Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, a critical care physician and palliative care specialist who is helping to shape the national conversation around how we die in America and shining a light on healthcare disparities that can worsen the end-of-life experience for African American patients and families. A Harvard and UC San Francisco-trained physician, Zitter is the author of the book, “Extreme Measures – Finding a Better Path to the End of Life,” and is featured in the Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated short subject documentary, “Extremis,” directed by filmmaker Dan Krauss.
Michael Fratkin, MD, a groundbreaking palliative care physician and the Founder and President of ResolutionCare, a community-based palliative care program that serves patients and families via videoconferencing technology and in-home visits in rural communities in Northern California. Rural Americans face significant health disparities linked to environmental, socioeconomic, and geographic factors, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and other conditions than there urban or suburban counterparts.
Learn more about our speakers, and stay tuned for updates on additional speakers and plenary presentations!
The hallmark of the National Symposium is its rich and diverse program that draws palliative care professionals, faculty, and students from across the country to learn from experts in palliative care; present their own research, pedagogical, or clinical advances; and network with colleagues.
The Call for Abstracts opens Feb. 3 to present a workshop, paper, poster, or panel at the 2020 Symposium.
Abstracts are sought for scholarship, research, or practice innovations that reflect the Symposium theme, particularly those that demonstrate inclusivity, take action to address barriers to access for people, promote cultural understanding, or advance teamwork among the professions in palliative care.
This conference is uniquely focused on the needs of those who teach and do research in universities and academic medical centers across the country. The opportunities to discuss new ideas with people within or across disciplines, enhance existing or form new collaborations, awaits each person who comes.
Whatever your discipline, whether you’re a health care-related scholar, a clinical educator, instructor, or preceptor, or from fields such as technology, arts, communications, or more, come share and discuss your instructional and research approaches for anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering in people with serious, chronic illness. Bring your innovations and challenges. Come explore with colleagues and learn about the latest educational approaches and research in palliative care!
An Annual Event
The National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education and Research gathers academicians and clinicians from all over the US and several foreign countries. Attendees are physicians, PA’s, advanced degree nurses, social workers, psychologists, ethicists, allied health professionals, chaplains, and more.
The multidisciplinary conference, held annually in San Diego, has a dynamic agenda of plenary, paper, panel, and workshop sessions, with a poster reception, which showcases innovations and tools for incorporating palliative care concepts into research, courses and experiences at all educational levels.
The 2019 National Symposium drew nearly 200 faculty, researchers, and clinicians for two days of intense learning and collaboration around the theme “Advancing Palliative Care: Leading Into the Future.” A robust and diverse combination of plenary speakers, workshop presentations, paper sessions, and poster sessions highlighted exciting evidence-based approaches and strategies for enhancing palliative care teaching, research and practice, and inspired attendees to explore the leader within themselves.
Concurrent sessions featured educators from across the country who shared their innovations and advancements, giving attendees tools that they could immediately use in their work. There was ample time built into the agenda to network with colleagues and supporters, enabling participants to expand their research collaborations and resource connections.
Individuals with disabilities, who would like to attend this event, please contact the Symposium Coordinator at 760-750-7289 regarding any special accommodation needs. It is requested that individuals requiring auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify the event sponsor at least seven working days in advance. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.
DATES: October 8-9, 2020 ATTENDEES: Faculty From Universities Nationwide LOCATION: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, Bay Tower TRAVEL AND LODGING DETAILS:Learn more here COST: $309 CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS & CME: TBD