Complexities of End-of-Life Care to be Examined at MSMS Conference

The MSMS Foundation is pleased to announce its conference, titled "Supporting End-of-Life Care". The conference will take place at the MSMS Headquarters, East Lansing, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

End-of-life care is complex and uniquely challenging requiring support from physicians, families, and caregivers. However, physicians are often times inadequately prepared to manage end-of-life care and engage in difficult conversations. This conference will provide insight on the complexities of end-of-life care and guidance in maintaining the best quality-of-life for the patient.

Speakers include:

  • Thomas Lynch, Funeral Director, Author of "The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care"
  • Leslie Brickner, MD, Director of Hospice, Henry Ford Health System and
    Kristine Chasteen, Henry Ford Health System
  • Nadia Tremonti, MD, Medical Director for Palliative Care, Children's Hospital of Michigan and Medical Director, Kaleidoscope Kids Hospice, Henry Ford Hospice
  • Kathryn Smolinski, MSW, Director of Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, Wayne State University
  • Carolyn Stramecki, Director, Honoring Healthcare Choices
  • Rose Seavolt, BSN, RN, CCP, Advance Care Planning Coordinator and Next Steps Organizational Faculty, Spectrum Health System, Grand Rapids.

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain best practices in communication and outreach strategies
  • Summarize the Physician's responsibility as the end-of-life draws near
  • Define the Patient Self Determination Act and other ethical and legal issues
  • Apply Advance Care Planning and implementation practices
  • Describe recommendations to assist in maintaining the best quality of life for the patient
  • Compare the Gunderson Model of end of life care to other models

For more information about this conference or to register, please visit; or contact Caryl Markzon at 517/336-7575.


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