The 21st Annual Barbara Echikson Memorial Palliative Care Symposium

This event has been postponed.  You will be notified via email once it has been rescheduled.

"Palliative Medicine: The New Frontier in Healthcare Delivery"

Fulfills End-Of-Life Care Education Requirements

CME and Nursing credits will be awarded. An application has been submitted to obtain Social Work continuing education hours.


4:15 - 4:45 pm - Registration and Light Refreshments

4:50 - 4:55 pm - Welcome, Paul C. Yodice, MD, FCCP, FCC, Chairman, Department of Medicine, Associate Professor of Surgery and Medicine, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

4:55- 5:00 pm - Introduction, Wendy S. A. Edwards, MD, Medical Director Palliative and Supportive Care

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Medical Ethics: Complex Medical Issues and Decisions at the End of Life, Craig D, Blinderman, MD, MA, FAAHPM, Director, Adult Palliative Care Services, Department of Medicine , Columbia University Medical Center

6:00 - 6:30 pm - Sandwich and Beverage Break

6:30 - 6:45 pm - The Right to Die Law, Marisa Kussoy, ESQ, Senior Counsel, Litigation, RWJBarnabas Health

6:45 - 7:45 pm - Considering a Palliative Hermeneutics: Individualizing Goals, Values, and Meaning in Patients with a Serious Illness, Craig D. Blinderman, MD, MA, FAAHPM, Director, Adult Palliative Care Services, Department of Medicine , Columbia University Medical Center

7:45 - 8:45 pm - Geriatric Palliative Care: Shared Goals, Best Practices, Theresa Redling, DO, FACP, Medical Director, Geriatric Health and Disease Management

Target Audience

Internists, Intensivists, Family Practitioners, Geriatricians, Oncologists, Neurologists, Pulmonologists, Cardiologists, Anesthesiologists/Pain Management specialists, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists, Hospice and Palliative Care professionals, Nurses, Social Workers, Clergy, Members of the Bioethics Committee, and other healthcare professionals who deal with palliative care issues

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the ethical principles used in medical ethics as they apply to patients at the end of life
  • Define "the principle of Double Effect"
  • Explain the limitations to our current decision making paradigm for patients without capacity, including advance care planning.
  • Define the barriers to palliative care and hospice care
  • Describe the current framework for goals of care conversations and advance care planning
  • Explain a hermeneutic framework for approaching a deeper understanding of the patient's “horizon of meaning"
  • Apply and align goals of care in the elderly utilizing palliative concepts
  • Discuss similarities in palliative and geriatric.
  • Give a general overview of New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act

Saint Barnabas Medical Center - Islami Auditorium

94 Old Short Hills Road

Livingston, NJ 07039

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