Current Topics In Palliative Medicine

Effective Date: May 16, 2019

Expiration Date: May 16, 2020

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Faculty: David I. Wollner, MD, FACP, AGSF, FAAHPM Director of Palliative Care Jersey City Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health


A growing consensus is emerging across the nation about the importance of expert palliative medicine, especially as it relates to honoring individual wishes and preferences in the context of an advanced or terminal illness. In New Jersey, patients at the end-of-life are treated with more aggressive medical care than in any other state in the nation. The need to improve the current state of end-of-life care delivery in New Jersey is by establishing patient priorities and defining goals of care both through effective communication and better utilization of palliative care is urgent; thus patients and families will be assured of being provided with quality care, respect, compassion and dignity.


  • Define Palliative Care
  • Discuss and analyze three ethical issues
  • Name three validated assessment tools

Disclosures: David I. Wollner, MD – No disclosures Non-faculty contributors and other involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: Community Medical Center is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: Community Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1AMA PRA Category I Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated completion time: 1.0 hour of instruction

Target Audience: This program has been designed for Physicians, Physician Assistant’s, Nurse Practitioners, and other healthcare professionals who are involved with Palliative Medicine.

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  • Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients, Back, Arnold, Tulsky. Cambridge Univ Press, NY 2009
  • Leading a Family Meeting, David E. Wasserman, MD
  • The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End of Life Care; Volandes 2015
  • NJ Governor’s Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care Report and Recommendations, Nov. 2018

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