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Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary

Closing Plenary

Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 
Arif Kamal, MD, MBA
Duke University, Durham, NC  

Cultivating Moral Resilience in the Response to Moral Distress

Hear from a leading nurse ethicist specializing in palliative and end-of-life care. Cynda Hylton Rushton has found evidence that many care providers experience serious "moral distress" that could interfere with their own health and their efforts on behalf of seriously ill and dying patients. This topic is paramount across disciplines; you and your team will not want to miss hearing how building resilience can help surmount moral distress.

From Burnout to Resilience: Building CapacityFrom Burnout to Resilience: Building Capacity to Thrive at Work to Thrive at Work

Dr. Arif Kamal will close the conference on a high note and share research and findings on how palliative care professionals tend to experience higher provider burnout when compared with other fields. While we know this is a critical issue, how to overcome it isn't always as obvious. Preventing burnout and becoming resilient is of utmost importance for clinicians in our field and for the overall success of programs and patient care. 


Plenary II

Plenary III & IV

Plenary V

Kathleen Neuendorf, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD,

University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 

John Cagle, PhD, MSW
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Strengthen Relationships and Minimize Barriers: Take Your Communication Skills ‘Up a Notch’

Talk About a Sticky Wicket! Managing Pain in the Face of Suspected Drug Abuse
Now That’s a Head Banger! Challenges in Pain Management in Advanced Illness

Sexuality and Intimacy Within the Context of Life‐Threatening Illness: Implications for Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals