Fall Advanced Clinical Course: Essential Psychiatric Skills for the Palliative Care Practitioner
Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
November 3, 2023
AAHPM’s Fall Advanced Clinical Course is a full-day workshop designed to use a combination of interactive case-based learning with engaging didactics to draw together practical considerations in assessment and diagnosis with evidence-based psychopharmacotherapy and psychotherapeutic techniques to enhance treatment planning and expand clinical interventions for the emotional distress associated with serious medical illness.
Five interprofessional clinicians with backgrounds in psychopharmacology, psychiatry, child psychiatry, combined internal medicine/psychiatry, hospice and palliative medicine will provide practical approaches to these and other diagnostic and treatment challenges in order to strengthen and expand the knowledge base of primary psychiatric skills for palliative practitioners from a variety of background disciplines and settings.
The content being presented in this course is relevant to physicians, advanced practice professionals, and pharmacists with the aim to strengthen and expand the knowledge base of primary psychiatric skills for palliative practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, career stages, disciplines, and settings of care.
Registration is now open. Prices will increase on Wednesday, October 4.
- AAHPM Members: $499 ($650 after October 3)
- Nonmembers: $625 ($810 after October 3)
Registration will close Friday, November 3.
*PDF handouts which include the presentation slides and additional resources will be available for download to registered attendees prior to the beginning of the course.
Please review AAHPM's educational course Code of Conduct.
Interprofessional Faculty Experts
Alex Gamble, MD - Course Director
Assistant Clinical Professor, Stanford University
Alex Gamble is board certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, completing residency training at the University of Iowa and fellowship at the University of Kansas before going on to practice in rural and urban settings in his home state of Missouri. He is excited to be joining the faculty of Stanford Palliative Care this summer.
David Buxton, MD FAPAD FAACAP FAAHPM
Executive Medical Director of Palliative Medicine, AdventHealth
As a tripled boarded physician in adult psychiatry, child psychiatry and palliative care, Dr.David Buxton’s body of work is dedicated to reshaping the narrative and activities at the intersection of technology, mental health, spirituality and serious medical illness. His work has been recognized by fellowships in all three specialties by the Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine with Honors in psychiatry, Brown University Adult Psychiatry Residency, Harvard MassGen / Mclean Child & Adolescent Fellowship and Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis Postgraduate Fellowship. Dr.Buxton was the first psychiatrist to complete Harvard MassGen / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.
Dr.Buxton’s has achieved success in multiple healthcare ecosystems including academics, corporate, private practice and startup companies. His focus has been on how to achieve better quality of care and outcomes for patients’ mental health when dealing with a serious medical illness. His work has been featured in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatric Annals, Neuropsychiatry, American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, Association of Community of Cancer Center and KevinMD.com. He has been noted to have a unique expertise in finding ways to allow systems to be more efficient via improving communication through an open dialogue of 'unmentionables' in healthcare.
Dr.Buxton is the Executive Medical Director of Palliative Medicine for AdventHealth Central Florida. He oversees 30 interdisciplinary staff members at 8 hospitals in the South region. He also assists in strategy, education and quality for 2 hospitals in the Polk region. His research has focused on decreasing time to consultation to improve length of stay. Dr.Buxton’s team played a major role for the state of Florida during COVID.
Dr.Buxton’s undergraduate degree was from Emory University in Tibetan Buddhism with a postgraduate interest in nonviolence theory, mysticism, bereavement, shamanism and sound healing. He has engaged in the emerging psychedelic field with a certification from Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies for future state use of MDMA for PTSD. He is completing his certification from Polaris for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Allison Jordan, MD CCMS NBC-HWC FAAHPM
Psychiatrist, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Dr. Allison Jordan is a board-certified psychiatrist, internist, palliative medicine, culinary medicine specialist, and health and wellness coach who is passionate about the health and well-being for people living with serious illness.
She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and graduated with an M.D. with Distinction in Research. She completed her combined residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and served as chief resident in both departments. Afterward, she went to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to specialize in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and received a Certificate in Medical Education from The University of Pittsburgh.
After completing her training, Dr. Jordan worked as an Associate Hospice Medical Director
for a 40-bed inpatient hospice unit in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and then was recruited to be the Medical Director for Palliative Care Services for a hospital-based inpatient consult service in St. Louis, Missouri.
Currently, she works as a tele-mental health psychiatrist for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina and collaborates with the Department of Geriatrics to provide palliative psychiatry to our nation's veterans. Dr. Jordan has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to mental health conditions commonly seen in palliative care populations and has given presentations on the topic at local, regional, and national conferences.
Christie Kahlon, PharmD MBA BCPP BCG
Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Christie Kahlon is a Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner at the Durham VA Health Care System. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Wingate University and then completed a general pharmacy practice PGY1 residency at the Iowa City VA Health Care System and a specialty residency in psychiatry at a combined residency with the Iowa City VA Health Care System and the University of Iowa.
After residency, she accepted a position at the Iowa City VA working both inpatient and outpatient mental health. She also was an adjunct professor for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and preceptor to both residents and pharmacy students. She was active in education for medical students and psychiatry residents at the University of Iowa. She then joined the Durham VA in 2018 working in inpatient mental health where she continues to be active in teaching and precepting and program expansion.
Paul Riordan, MD
Assistant Consulting Professor, Duke University
Paul Riordan, MD is an Assistant Consulting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. He completed a combined residency training program in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry in 2018 and then a fellowship in Palliative Care in 2019, both at Duke.
He is currently the medical director of the consult psychiatry service at the Durham Veterans Affairs Hospital. He also runs a small psycho-oncology clinic for patients with cancer that has significantly affected their mental health. When not caring for patients, he spends most of his time at work teaching. He is currently the course director of a psychiatric lecture series for palliative care fellows, fundamentals of psychiatry course for psychiatry residents, and a palliative care lecture series for psychiatry residents. He also co-leads with Dr. Galanos an elective course on grief for medical students.
He has won several awards from the department of psychiatry for his teaching. He is also the proud father of a 4-year boy whom he shamelessly uses as an excuse for incomplete work.
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion includes attesting to meaningful activity participation and completion/submission of activity evaluation within the time frame designated.
Evaluation period closes December 31, 2023, at 11:59pm CT for claiming CME/MOC credits.
Maintenance of Certification (MOC)*
This activity is planned in the context of one or more of the ABMS/ACGME Competencies including Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice and Work in Interdisciplinary Teams. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:
- 7.5 MOC medical knowledge points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
- 7.5 American Board of Anesthesiology’s MOCA 2.0®
- 7.5 credits toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.
- 7.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
*Additional boards to be determined pending content review.
It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit. By submitting your CME activity evaluation, you grant AAHPM permission to submit completion information to ACCME to grant respective BOARD MOC program credit or points as applicable.
Accommodations for Americans with Disabilities Act (ACT)
The planners, faculty and reviewers of this educational activity disclosed no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare practitioner relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
Any recommendations made by the authors and faculty of this activity must be weighed against the healthcare clinician’s own clinical judgment based on, but not limited to, such factors as the patient’s condition, benefits versus risks of suggested treatment, and comparison with recommendations of pharmaceutical compendia and other medical and palliative care authorities.
All cancellations must be made in writing. An $85 processing fee will apply to all cancellations. No refunds will be made on cancellations postmarked after October 19, 2023. All refunds will be processed after the course concludes.
AAHPM reserves the right to substitute faculty, cancel or reschedule sessions in unforeseen circumstances. No refunds can be made for lodging, airfare, or any other expenses related to attending the summer course offerings.
Please review AAHPM's Fall Advanced Clinical Course Cancellation Policy.