CoVethics: Ethical Concerns of Diverse Populations and Goal Centered Communication in a Pandemic World

November 24, 2020

Please join Family Hospice and the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute for the third annual Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium.

Caring for the Seriously Ill in a Physically Distant Culture

This year’s symposium takes virtual form and is being offered as a series of four weekly educational sessions throughout the month of November.

During this final session, participants will explore ethical considerations, as well as the social determinates of diverse populations, as it relates to the care provision of the seriously ill during physically distant times. We will also focus on the consideration of how our process of communicating with patients and families about end of life wishes, care planning and complex medical decisions can effectively proceed in a pandemic era of social distancing, masks and limited or no visitation by families.

Target Audience

Clinical health professionals, physicians, nurse, social workers and advanced practitioners are encouraged to attend. 

Learning Objectives

Speaker 1. "CoVethics: Ethical Concerns of Diverse Populations and Goal-Centered Communication in a Pandemic World"

Speaker 2. “Behind A Mask And At A Distance: Values and goals conversations in a pandemic world”
Learning objectives
1. Describe at least one pandemic related major challenge to ACP conversations
2. Identify two resources for implementing effective telehealth ACP conversations
3. Describe at least one risk of inappropriate use of POLST

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 2.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 2.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
10/01/2020
Course expires: 
11/24/2020
Event starts: 
11/24/2020 - 11:00am
Event ends: 
11/24/2020 - 7:00pm
Microsoft TEAMS Live Virtual
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Keynote Speaker: Edo Banach, JD - President and CEO, NHPCO

Moderator: Dr. Keith Lagnese, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC Chief Medical Officer, Family Hospice of UPMC

Medical Director, UPMC Home Healthcare of Western PA 

Scott Miller, MD, MA, FAAHPM, Inpatient Hospice Medical Director, Family
Hospice, Part of UPMC

Alexander Nesbitt, MD, ABFP, Medical Director, UPMC Susquehanna Hospice
and Palliative Care

Presenters are experts in their fields of practice and on the cutting edge of advancing care and treatment for the most fragile patients. This is an excellent educational opportunity for physicians, PAs, RNs, CRNPs, MSWs, spiritual care staff and healthcare administrators.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:  No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh 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.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh 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. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 2.0 continuing education credits.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 2.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 2.00 Attendance
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