Highlights & Special Events
There is more to do at the Annual Assembly than simply attend educational events. View the special events below to see how you can network with others, increase your professional development, and more.
Make the most of your education time by participating in preconference workshops on Wednesday, March 13. These full- and half-day sessions provide in-depth learning opportunities in cultural competence, resilience, pediatric palliative care, ethics, community-based palliative care, religious conflicts, and more.
AAHPM Physicians-in-Training Reception
Medical students, residents, and fellows are invited to attend a special Physicians-in-Training Reception at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 13. It is a great opportunity to network with trainees and meet with national leaders in the field.
Consultants and peer leaders will be available to meet individually with attendees throughout the Assembly. Topics include billing and coding, nursing research, palliative nursing career development, physician career coaching, quality improvement, and hospice practice.
Please refer to the onsite pocket guide for room assignments, then check the sign-up sheets outside the rooms for availability. First come, first served.
AAHPM & HPNA New Member and First-Timer Reception
Will this be your first Annual Assembly? Are you a new member of AAHPM or HPNA? Then please join us at a reception Wednesday, March 13 at 4:30pm immediately prior to the Opening Reception to meet other new members and leaders. It's a great way to make contacts in a smaller, intimate setting. Rooms will be listed in the onsite pocket guide.
HPCC Certification Recognition Luncheon
If you are certified by HPCC or are interested in certification and would like to attend the HPCC Certification Luncheon on Thursday, March 14, you must register through the HPCC website. Seating is limited. You must login to the HPCC site to register.
Attend this year's Job Fair located in the Exhibit Hall Thursday night, from 5-7 pm. The Job Fair is the prime venue to learn about opportunities in the hospice and palliative care field and network with potential employers for these positions.
The exhibit hall gives the Annual Assembly attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in medical supplies and equipment, career opportunities, software, facilities, pharmaceuticals, and medical publishing.
Attend one of these added educational opportunities located in the Showcase Theater in the Exhibit Hall.
- March 13 at 6pm - "Hello" Gameplay
- "Hello" is a conversation game that is an easy, non-threatening way to start conversations with your patients, community, family, friends, and colleagues about what matters most.
- March 14 at 2:30pm - True/False: Medicare Pays for Virtual Check-in Call & Other 2019 News
- March 14 at 5pm - Job Fair
- The Job Fair is the prime venue to learn about opportunities in the hospice and palliative care field, network with potential employers for these positions, and receive a FREE professional headshot.
View the latest scientific research and case-based, peer reviewed posters in the exhibit hall and rotunda Friday morning. Invited posters featuring the work of AAHPM Fellowship Grant awardees, scholar e-posters, and Cambia Health Foundation Sojourn Scholars will be displayed adjacent to the exhibit area.
*Sunrise* Service of Remembrance and Celebration
This annual service has moved to the morning! This time provides an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of those you have served and loved. The service includes music and reflection and takes places Friday, March 15 from 7:30-8am.
Book Club Discussion
This year's book club will be around Kate Bowler's book Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I've Loved. You can purchase the book on Amazon to plan to take part in the table discussions. The book club will be held Thursday, March 14 at 3pm.
"Expressions of Clinical Well-Being" sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This takes place all day near registration on Thursday, March 14.
The film night will take place Thursday, March 14 at 7pm. The film End Game will be shown in its entirety. Come to relax, have snacks, and watch a movie from our field. End Game was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Attend plenary sessions featuring Shantanu Agrawal, Carolyn Jones, and the State of the Science.
Invited speakers are featured on Thursday afternoon, addressing several critical topics.
Thursday, March 15 | 3-4pm
Public Policy Forum (TH350)
State of the Science in Pediatric Palliative Care Forum (TH351)
Diversity and Inclusion Forum: Gender Equity and Career Advancement: Implications for Hospice and Palliative Medicine (TH352)
Book Club Discussion: Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler (TH353)
2018 Nessa Coyle Palliative Nursing Leadership Lecture: Finding Your Highest and Best Use as a Palliative Nursing Leader (TH354)
Cambia Leadership Lecture
Partake in a special program sponsored by the Cambia Health Foundation on Saturday, March 16, from 7-8 am with thought leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care. Call 847.375.4712 to register.
AAHPM & HPNA Award Presentations
In addition to supporting the critical work and passion of our members, AAHPM and HPNA also recognize the importance of acknowledging our members' critical contributions to the field of hospice and palliative care.