Highlights & Special Events
There is more to do at the Annual Assembly than 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 18. 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 18. 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 nursing professional development coaching and quality improvement.
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 18 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 19, 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.
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, and scholar e-posters will be displayed adjacent to the exhibit area.
Fun Run and Walk
On Friday, March 20 at 6am, join the Fun Run and Walk benefitting AAHPM development efforts and the HPNF charitable efforts. Registration is $50 per person to enter this noncompetitive races. Participants who register by January 30 will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Pre-registration is required and available when registering for the Assembly.
Sunrise Service of Remembrance and Celebration
This annual service 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 19 from 7:15-7:45am.
This year's book club will be around the book Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care. You can purchase the book on Amazon to plan to take part in the table discussions. The book club will be held Thursday, March 19 at 3pm.
Post Secret Exhibit
Would you share your secrets with a stranger? The PostSecret Street Team (from the San Diego Museum of Man) will host a "pop up" postcard-making station on March 19-20. You will have the opportunity to submit a postcard to share and release your secret into the world.
Learn more about the project from this CBS Sunday Morning news story.
The film night will take place Thursday, March 19 at 7pm, offering 1 hour of credit. Two documentaries will be shown in their entirety:
- Child of the Earth - presented by Michael A. Drummond, BA, Author, Pulitzer finalist
- R.S. - presented by Carol Schank, RN BSN CHPN CHPPN
Attend plenary sessions featuring Susan Cain, Jeremie Saunders, and the State of the Science with James Tulsky.
Invited speakers are featured on Thursday afternoon, addressing several critical topics.
New CMS Payment Models for Palliative Care and Hospice: The Future is Now (TH350)
State of the Science in Pediatric Palliative Care (TH351)
Experiences of LGBT Patients and Family Members with Hospice and Palliative Care (TH352)
Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care (book club) (TH353)
Leading with Compassion (TH354)
Cambia Leadership Lecture
Partake in a special program sponsored by the Cambia Health Foundation on Saturday, March 21 from 7-8 am with thought leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care. This program is entitled "Being Your Best Self: How to Engage Allies, Mentors and Colleagues in the Pursuit of Excellence in Leadership".
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 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning prior to the plenary session.