Our Mission

The CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care Provides High-Quality Education to Healthcare Professionals and Students, Builds Advocacy, and Promotes Research to Advance the Care of Those Living with Serious Illness and Their Communities.

National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education and Research


February 7–9, 2024

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109

Since 2014, over 1,200 professionals from universities, academic medical centers, healthcare systems, health plans, hospices and community hospitals have attended our symposium. It is the only event of its kind in the country designed for university faculty, practitioners, and researchers focused on advancing palliative care.

The Symposium is a unique and interactive multidisciplinary conference designed to highlight the latest in academic palliative care research, teaching, and practice.

The annual conference features a dynamic agenda of plenary, paper, panel, and workshop sessions highlighting how to incorporate palliative care concepts into research, courses, and experiences at all educational levels.

Registration for the Symposium will open in August. Join the interest list to get the latest news and information about the Symposium, including speakers, agenda, sponsorship and exhibit opportunities, and more.

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Our Keynote Speakers Are National Leaders In Palliative Care

Featured keynote speakers include national experts and changemakers leading a collective movement to enhance serious illness care from the ground up. Symposium keynotes include palliative care pioneers, innovative clinicians, renowned educators, and others passionate about making palliative care more accessible to everyone who needs it. The National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education and Research is thrilled to present these innovative clinician educators as facilitators for the February 7 pre-symposium workshops and plenary speakers for the February 8–9, 2024, Symposium.

Meet Our Speakers

Symposium Agenda

Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit into Whole Person Care


Pre-symposium Workshops, Wednesday Feb 7
Wellness for Healthcare Workers
Ann Berger MD, MSN
Facilitator: Ann Berger, MD, MSN Expert Private Consultant Senior Volunteer Clinical Advisor, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Advisor, CareYaya Health Technologies
Demystifying Research for Translation into Practice
Alyssa Erikson, RN, PhD, CNE
Facilitators: Dr. Melinda Kavanaugh, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Dr. Alyssa Erikson, CSU Monterey Bay; Dr. Krista Altaker, Sonoma State University, Dr. Claudia Nau, Kaiser Permanente
Day 1, Thursday Feb 8
Making Spiritual Care a Routine Part of Care for People with Serious Illness: Recommendations from a JAMA Systematic Review
George Fitchett, DMin, PhD
George Fitchett, DMin, PhD Professor, Former Director of Research Department of Religion, Health and Human Values Rush University Medical Center Chicago, Illinois
Toward an Equitable Future for HAPC: Transforming Education for Future Generations of Palliative Experts
Tolúwalàsé (Lasé) A. Ajayi, MD, FAAP
Tolúwalàsé (Lasé) A. Ajayi, MD, FAAP Associate Professor of Medicine & PediatricsProgram Director, UCSD-Scripps Health Palliative Medicine FellowshipEquity Lead, Jacobs Center for Health Innovation PI, Powermom
Day 2, Friday Feb 9
Children, Youth and Young Adults as Caregivers: Changing our Perception of Caregiving in the US
Melinda S. Kavanaugh, PhD, LCSW
Melinda S. Kavanaugh, PhD, LCSW Professor, Social Work, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Center Scientist, Center on Aging and Translational Research, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
The Importance of Psychosocial Spiritual Healing in Healthcare: Development of the NIH HEALS, A Tool to Measure Healing
Ann Berger MD, MSN
Ann Berger, MD, MSN Expert Private Consultant Senior Volunteer Clinical Advisor, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Advisor, CareYaya Health Technologies

Travel & Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109

Located on a peninsula near Mission Beach, the hotel boasts views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay, and proximity to downtown San Diego.

This fully renovated property features family-friendly pools and a water slide, extensive outdoor space for walking or having conversations with colleagues, a spa, fitness facility, and convenient access to bike rentals, water sports equipment, and more. Learn more about this beautiful property.

Your health and safety are important. Learn more about the Hyatt’s commitment to safety and cleanliness.

Book your room here to get our discounted Symposium rate of $249 per night!

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Stay & Play

Subject to availability, the hotel conference room rate may be available three days before and three days after the Symposium. So you can make plans to extend your stay or bring the whole family to enjoy San Diego County, California, which hosts a variety of activities for all ages. Here’s a full listing of fun things to do.

Air Travel to San Diego

San Diego International Airport is in downtown San Diego. The Hyatt is a short 10-minute ride from the airport, easily accessible by Uber, Lyft, taxi, or personal car.

Download ground transportation options (PDF).


$33 Per day/overnight for Symposium attendees.


Disability Accommodations or Special Needs

Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact the Symposium Coordinator at pcsymposium@csusm.edu.

It is requested that anyone who requires auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify the event sponsor at least seven business days in advance. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.

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