Schedule and Pricing
This first State of the Science symposium is co-located with the Annual Assembly to maximize engagement and reduce travel costs. The symposium will overlap with Annual Assembly on Saturday.
View the schedule and pricing below to see how you can plan ahead and save. Schedule is subject to change.
Pricing for the State of the Science
- AAHPM Member: $815 ($1,020 beginning January 31, 2020)
- Members of Supporting Partners: $815 ($1,020 beginning January 31, 2020)
- Nonmember: $1,060 ($1,325 beginning January 31, 2020)
Discounts for State of the Science and the Annual Assembly
If you're looking to attend both the full 2020 Annual Assembly and the State of the Science, follow these registration instructions to receive 20% off your Annual Assembly registration rate:
- Register for the State of the Science first and complete payment
- Check your email for your confirmation and 20% off coupon
- Then register for the Annual Assembly at annualassembly.org
- At Checkout, enter the coupon code and complete payment
Questions or want to register over the phone? Contact AAHPM Member Services at 847.375.4712.
*20% off does not apply to daily registration rates. For full conference rates only.
Friday, March 20
6-8 pm (at Grand Hyatt San Diego)
Enjoy a time of networking with colleagues, federal funders, supporting partner organizations, and special interest areas.
Saturday, March 21
7-8am (location: San Diego Convention Center)
Breakfast and Research SIG Meeting
Attend the AAHPM/HPNA Research special interest group meeting.
8:15-10 am (location: San Diego Convention Center)
The State of the Science Plenary
This session features three of the highest rated abstracts submitted to the State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Care. These highly regarded investigators share what they are learning as they lead the field forward.
Marie A. Bakitas, PHD,CRNP,FAAN. Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends: Comprehensive Heart Care for Patients and Families (ENABLE CHF-PC): An early palliative care telehealth randomized trial for patients with advanced heart failure.
Laura Porter, PHD. Caregiver-Guided Pain Management for Advanced Cancer: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial.
Melissa Wachterman, MD,MPH. Time Trends in Opioid Prescribing and Uncontrolled Pain in the Last Month of Life, 2010-2018.
James Tulsky, MD FACP FAAHPM, will serve as a discussant to review the research and help us see what's coming in the advancement of hospice and palliative care and the implications for clinical practice.
10-10:45 am (transition back to Grand Hyatt San Diego for the remainder of the meeting)
Oral Abstract Concurrent Sessions
Choose one of three sessions that feature highly rated abstracts and some of the best science in the field:
Session 1 - Randomized Controlled Trials, moderated by Eric Roeland, MD FAAHPM
Deborah Ejem, PhD MA. Effects of Early Palliative Care for Family Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Heart Failure: The ENABLE CHF-PC Randomized Controlled Trial
Rebecca Sudore, MD FAAHPM. Empowering Patient Participation in Advance Care Planning Discussions: Audio-recordings of Primary Care Visits among PREPARE Randomized Trial Participants
Hillary D. Lum, MD PhD. Effectiveness of Advance Care Planning Group Visits for Older Adults in Primary Care
Session 2 - Big Data, moderated by Mary Ersek, PhD RN FPCN
Sarah Cross, MPH LMSW. Changes in Place of Death in the United States
Melissa D. Aldridge, PhD MBA. Trends in Residential Setting and Hospice Use at the End of Life: A Population-Based Study of Medicare Decedents
Robert Y. Lee, MD MS. POLST-Discordant Intensive Care Near the End of Life: Prevalence and Thematic Analysis
Session 3 - Steps in the Translational Pathway (Methods), moderated by Pamela Hinds, PhD RN FAAN
Emily E. Johnston, MD. Expert Panel Endorsed Quality Metrics for End-of-Life Care for Children with Cancer: Results of a Modified Delphi Panel
Jennifer Tjia, MD MSCE. A Stakeholder-Engaged Process for Refining the Design of a Hospice Clinical Trial
Robert Gramling, MD DSC. Story Arcs: A Computational Narrative Analysis of Palliative Care Serious Illness Conversations
Lunch and Networking Round Tables
Engage with leaders from groups including PCRC, NPCRC, funding organizations, academic journals, etc.
RAPiD Poster Sessions
View 20-25 posters grouped by content, methodology, or other thematic areas. Poster authors will present one slide in 1 minute, with time for poster review, dialogue, and a moderated Q&A.
RP300 Abstracts - Theme 1: Improving Communication: Advance care planning, Prognostication, and Engagement
Chair: J Randall Curtis, MD MPH,
Moderators: Oreofe Odejide, MD MPH and Karen Steinhauser, PhD
RP400 Abstracts - Theme 2: Care for Family Across the Lifespan: From Kids to Caregivers
Chair: Barbara Jones, PhD MSW
Moderator: Toluwase Ajayi, MD and Areej el Jawahri, MD
RP500 Abstracts - Theme 3: Enhancing Palliative Care Delivery: Addressing Disparities, Symptoms, and Quality
Chair: Alexander Smith, MD MPH MS
Moderator: Anand Iyer, MD and Kristina Newport, MD HMDC FAAHPM
Melissa Aldridge, PhD MBA, Abraham Brody, PhD RN ACHPN FAAN FPCN, and Peter May, MA MSc PhD, have collaborated to plan these sessions and will serve as the session hosts.
Designing and conducting pragmatic trials for seriously ill individuals.
While a copious number of interventions with efficacy have been developed to address various facets of care for seriously ill older adults, many of them are never implemented in a wide-scale fashion due to the complexity of implementation in real-world settings. This session will discuss when interventions are ready to move forward to pragmatic trials and key design and methodologic considerations with the ultimate aim of dissemination leading to improved quality.
Susan Mitchell, MD MPH, Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Harvard Medical School Affiliate
Corita Grudzen, MD, NYU Langone Health
Economics of palliative care: how can we advance the state of the science?
Economic evidence is critical for advancing the field of palliative care, demonstrating the value (quality/cost) of programs and interventions for payers, policymakers and managers. Although a growing number of studies are published in this area, recurring challenges limit the impact of the work. This session will discuss some of these challenges and highlight opportunities and methods to advance the field.
Peter May, MA MSc PhD, Trinity College Dublin
Charlotta Lindvall, PhD MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Mixed methods make better science and translation in palliative care research and practice.
The use of mixed methods has the potential to improve research designs across all types of palliative care research. This session will provide an overview of methodological mixing and the general strengths and challenges of this approach, examine how data triangulation from qualitative and quantitative sources improves analysis and interpretation, and identify challenges and solutions to data collection and integration. The session will include a panel discussion with funded palliative care researchers regarding how they have applied mixed approaches in their research and their tips, strategies, and lessons learned.
Helene Starks, PhD MPH, University of Washington
Amber Barnato, MD MPH MS, The Dartmouth Institute
Huong Nguyen, PhD RN, Kaiser Permanente
Yael Schenker, MD, University of Pittsburgh
Poster Session and Happy Hour
Networking Dinner (additional $50 fee)
Dine in an intimate setting on the Marina Courtyard. You will be seated at tables of 4 with one highly regarded researcher as the table host, allowing you to benefit from deep and focused conversations. This exclusive dinner has limited seating. Add this option to your registration.
Sunday, March 22
8-9:15am (at Grand Hyatt San Diego)
Career Direction Networking Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast with your peers while engaging in conversation to guide your career directions.
Early Career Break Out
Explore the early grant experience with panelists Jennifer Mack, MD MPH, Virginia LeBaron, APRN PhD FAANP, Yael Schenker, MD MAS, and Cardinal Smith, MD PhD, as they discuss key resources for early career investigators and what they wish they had known as they were getting started. Engage in a lively discussion designed to address your questions moderated by Emily Johnston, MD MS, and Laura Petrillo, MD.
- Explain two key variables that impact the decisions about appropriate times for early grant submissions.
- List two resources that provide guidance about funding and grant writing for early stage investigators.
Mid-Career Break Out
Now you are managing grants and leading research teams. Corita Grudzen, MD MSHS, Maija Reblin, PhD, and Lynn Reinke, PhD RN ARNP NP will share their grant management strategies, lessons learned, and the successes and challenges of stepping into a leadership role, delegating tasks to team members, and managing staff. Discussion facilitated by Lee Ellington, PhD.
- Identify two approaches for efficient grant management.
- Explain one delegation strategy that you can implement.
- Outline team member accountability and two strategies for staff management.
Senior Career Break Out
So where do we go from here? You are engaged in a successful career as an investigator. How do you sustain creativity? What is your vision for the field of palliative care research and how are you contributing to this vision? What is your role in translating findings into policy? When do you consider a major career decision? Join Chris Feudtner, MD PhD MPH, Maureen Lyon, PhD and Christine Ritchie, MD MSPH for a time of sharing and discussion. Kathryn Pollak, PhD, and Jean Kutner, MD MPH/MSPH, will moderate this discussion.
- Identify one next step to advance your vision for the field.
- Define one way to sustain your career path and legacy.
Arif Kamal and Jean Kutner will interview the AAHPM Excellence in Scientific Research Awardee, Rebecca Sudore, MD, and the HPNA Distinguished Research Awardee, Pamela Hinds, PhD RN FAAN. Enjoy an actor's studio experience as our esteemed guests reflect on their professional journeys. Audience discussion will follow.