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Live webinars include a Q&A session, giving you the opportunity to take part in the conversation by submitting a question to the speaker.


Bernice Burkarth, MD, HMDC, FAAHPM
Dr. Bernice Burkarth has been in the practice of hospice and palliative care since 2005 and is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Merrimack Valley Hospice. She earned her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed her residency in Neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center in New York. She obtained Hospice Medical Director Certification in 2014 with recertification in 2020 and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship status in 2017. She served as the chair of the MyNHPCO Physician and Advanced Practice Provider Community Steering Committee from December 2016 to December 2021. She was recently awarded the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts 2021 Physician of the Year.

Timothy Jessick, DO
Dr. Jessick has been a Palliative Medicine Physician for over 10 years. He is board certified in Palliative Care and Family Medicine. He is the co-founder and President of the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin and a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr Jessick received his Doctor of Osteopathy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994 and his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Wisconsin –Madison in 1990. He is a Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has presented both locally and nationally on the topics of palliative care, pain management, advance directives and end of life care and participated in numerous initiatives related to these topics. Dr. Jessick is currently the Post Acute Medical Director for ThedaCare.

Rory Farrand
Ms. Farrand is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner, has an advanced practice nursing certificate in palliative care, and serves as a member on NHPCO’s Palliative Advisory Council, and as a steering committee member on the Professional Education & Organizational Development committee. Additionally, she is a member both of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.  She holds master’s degrees in nursing from Boston College, expressive therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and psychology from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, along with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  When not working, Ms. Farrand enjoys sampling her baking failures and spending time doing a variety of activities with her husband and two boys.

CE/CME Information

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.