The Art of Medicine Near the End of Life

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The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation Symposium
Thursday, March 10, 2011

A May 6 symposium in Cleveland, Ohio, will feature several Duke program directors among other nationally recognized experts. Richard Payne, MD, Colliflower Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, and Amy Abernethy, MD, Program Director of the Duke Cancer Care Research Program will join other experts as faculty for The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation 2011 Symposium in Continuing Medical Education on End-of-Life Care.

This interactive course will use short didactic lectures, discussions, and case presentations to enhance physicians’ understanding, comfort levels, and skill in dealing on a more personal level with terminally ill patients. In addition, diligent follow-up with course participants will help gauge changes in physician-patient interactions that enhance the overall quality of patient care.

The goal of the course is to teach participants to prepare patients and their families for the transition to the end of life, and implement a strategy to provide a more personal and informed level of patient care. Topics will include recognizing the appropriate time to suggest palliative care or hospice, common ethical and legal issues, and important research trends in palliative medicine.

More details about the course and registration information are available at the symposium website.