Featured Plenary Sessions
Thursday, March 15 from 8:15–10 am
Good Enough Now: How Doing the Best We Can with What We Have Is Better than Nothing!
Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed
Let’s face it, there are people and topics that at some point are just off limits. And for those of us who practice hospice and palliative care, it is often the most difficult topics that we have to bring up with people at their most vulnerable moments. What if you could engage in these conversations with more confidence, a touch of humor, and greater ease? Learn how you can be your best tool for conversations that matter.
Friday, March 16 from 8:15–10 am
Solace: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question
David Whyte, poet, author
Each one of us grows into a steadily unfolding story where the horizon gets broader and more mysterious, the understanding of loss and mortality more keen, the sense of time more fleeting and the understanding of our own mistakes and omissions more apparent. Join poet David Whyte in exploring the discipline of finding and asking the questions that help us re-imagine ourselves, our world and our part in it.
David recently spoke on the TED stage. "With his signature charm and searching insight, David Whyte meditates on the fronteirs of the past, present, and future, sharing two poems inspired by his niece's hike along El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain."
Saturday, March 17 from 8:15–10 am
The State of the Science: Update in Hospice and Palliative Care
Heather Coats, PhD APRN-BC
Laura Gelfman, MD MPH
Two “hot” topics in hospice and palliative care, identified by crowd sourcing AAHPM and HPNA members in the fall 2017, will be featured in this refreshed State of the Science.
Our presenters will review recent journal articles and offer critiques and case applications on these topics based on the research and conversations with interdisciplinary experts in the field. This is where science gets translated for your practice!