23rd Annual Barbara and Alan Echikson Memorial Palliative Care Symposium

Lifting the Curtain on the End of Life Experience: Live Virtual Education Event

A CE Accredited Activity in Two Acts

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

4:00 - 7:15 pm

Fulfills End-Of-Life Care Education Requirements

Jointly Provided by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Palliative Care Education Committee and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences


4:00 pm Welcome and Introduction

Paul C. Yodice, MD, FCCP, FCCM, Chair, Department of Medicine

4:05 pm Narrative Medicine

Dr. Zitter's Origin Story

Overview of "Bad Dying"

End-of-Life Conveyor Belt

4:25 pm Screening of Extremis

4:50 pm Themes and Challenges Covered in the Film

Dr. Zitter Presentation

Breakout Group Discussion

Full Group Discussion

5:30 pm Break

5:45 pm Dying at Home: Benefits and Challenges

Recognizing Challenges of Care at Home: Dr. Zitter's Story

6:05 pm Screening of Caregiver: A Love Story

6:30 pm Themes and Challenges Covered in the Film

Dr. Zitter Presentation

Breakout Group Discussion

Full Group Discussion

7:10 pm Nuances of Advance Care Planning

Integrating the Messages of the Two Films

7:15 pm Adjourn

Featured Speaker

Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, FCCP, FAAHPM

Dr. Jessica Zitter specializes in Critical Care and Palliative Care medicine, and practices at a public hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout her twenty-five years as an ICU physician, she has had a front-row seat to the public health crisis of over-mechanized dying. Her mission is to unveil this hidden crisis through personal narrative and the stories of real patients— and to envision a new way forward. She is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Her work is featured in the Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary, Extremis, as well as her new film, Caregiver: A Love Story. Whether caring for patients, making films, writing, or speaking on the national stage, her message is clear: We must bring more honesty, compassion, and justice to the care of patients with serious and end stage illness. In that way, we will achieve the best life possible for all.

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


There is no charge for this Symposium. Pre-registration is required. Registration for the symposium can only be accepted through our secure on-line website until April 3, 2022.

To Register: https://rutgers.cloud-cme.com/CBMCPalliativeCare

Continuing Education Credits

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: This activity is awarded 3 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should claim only those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing

Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits. This program is approved for social work continuing education hours by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in accordance with New Jersey administrative code 13:44G-6.4 and recognized by The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is approved for 3 clinical social work continuing education hours.

Method of Participation

In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are expected to formally register for the activity, watch the webcast and complete an on-line evaluation at the conclusion of the activity. A CE certificate will be emailed to participants upon completion of the on-line evaluation.

Course Material

In an effort to provide the most complete materials to attendees and conserve resources, PDF versions of the lecture slides will be made available on-line to registered attendees. Additional information will be provided in future confirmation communications.


Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation. As the activity date approaches, you will receive additional information to assist you with your plans to participate in this activity.

Virtual Meeting

Additional information and instructions for virtual platform access will be emailed to registrants on or around April 4, 2022.

Generous Financial Support Provided by

Bill Echikson

Robert J. Freeman Memorial Fund