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Recent/Upcoming Workshops and Events

Many of my talks have been approved for continuing education credits.

“Aristotle and the Neurological Determination of Death.” VIII International Symposium on Disorders of Consciousness and Brain Death.  Havana, Cuba. December 2018

“Envisioning Respecting Choices as a Collaborative & Dynamic Educational Process that Reliably Results in Person-Centered Treatment Plans.”  Respecting Choices National Share the Experience 2018: Improving Person-Centered Outcomes. Minneapolis, MN. October 2018

“Loyalty, Advocacy & Ethics.” Annual Continuing Education Program.  The Office of the DC Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Washington, DC.  September 2018

Past Workshops, In-Service Training and Events

“Talking, Listening, and Acting on Individual Choices: Ethical Considerations for Social Workers and Other Health Care Professionals.”  Advance Care Planning Faculty. Continuing Education Course for Nurses & Social Workers, Iona Senior Services, Practice & Ethics Advisory Committee. Washington, DC.  June 2018

“On Preventing Futility Disputes: An Examination of their Origins” Graduate Medical Education Grand Rounds, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. May 2018

“Resilience through Vulnerability: Cultivating Self-Compassion, Opening to the Other, and Resting in Community.”  Panelist. Annual Meeting of the Academy for Professionalism in Healthcare. Chicago, IL. April 2018

"Designing Conversational Flow for Advance Care Planning." Healthcare Experience Design. Washington, DC. October 2017

“Demystifying Ethics Consults.”  Schwartz Center Rounds, Jefferson Health—New Jersey, Stratford, NJ. October 2017

"Physicians as Patients: Recapitulating Professional Responsibilities." Center for Contemplative Studies, West Chester University.  West Chester, PA. October 2017

"Medical Futility: Is Intractable Conflict Inescapable?" Inspira Healthcare Ethics Symposium. Glassboro, NJ. September 2017

"Advance Care Planning: A Person-Centered Model of Shared Decision-Making."  Geriatric Grand Rounds, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and Kennedy University Hospital.  March 2017

"A Workshop Among Friends: Conversations about Living Well"  By invitation at a private home, followed by a potluck dinner in Mt. Pleasant, Washington, DC. February 2017

"Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End"  Panelist, Media that Matter--Film Screening and Panel Discussion.  Department of Health Studies, American University.  Washington, DC. February 2017.

"Advance Care Planning as Mindful Conversation: A Workshop"  By invitation at the Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown, Washington, DC, January 2017

“Capacity Determinations and Surrogate Decision-Making.” Inspira Healthcare Ethics Symposium. Woodbury, NJ, September 2016

“Respecting Choices as Culture Change.”  Respecting Choices National Share the Experience Conference. Milwaukee, WI. September 2016

“Reflections on Five Years of Teaching Respecting Choices.” Respecting Choices National Share the Experience Conference. Milwaukee, WI. September 2016

“Planning for Living Well.” Iona Senior Services Take Charge Age Well Academy. Washington, DC.  September 2016

“Advance Care Planning and the Goals of Patients.”  Grand Rounds.  Department of Family Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Stratford, NJ. August 2016

“Shared Decision-Making, Medical Care at the End of Life, and the POLST* Paradigm.” Inspira Health Network Continuing Medical Education Program. Glassboro, NJ. April 2016

“On Intending Death: Permissible at the End of Life?” Atlantic Regional Osteopathic Convention. Atlantic City, NJ.  April 2016

“Using the POLST* form to Promote Trust and Improve Relationships.” Masonic Home of New Jersey.  In-Service Training.  Burlington, NJ.  March 2016

“How to Talk about ACP with Patients and Complete their POLST* forms.” Kennedy Health System. Training for Directors of Nursing and Nurse Managers.  Voorhees, NJ. June 2015  

Testified before the Health & Human Services Committee in support of the Health Care Decision Act of 2015.  Council of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.  June 2015

* Practitioner's Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms are medical orders based on conversations between patients and health care professionals about goals of care, quality of life, diagnosis, treatment options (including no treatment), and prognosis, i.e., what is likely to happen with or without treatment.  Whether they go by the name POLST, MOLST, MOST or some other variation, they are especially effective for people in the final stages of an illness.  Unfortunately, POLST forms are not yet available in Washington, DC or Northern Virginia.