UPMC McKeesport's 7th Annual Palliative Care Conference "Care of the Vulnerable Patient"

McKeesport, PA US
April 24, 2024

Target Audience

Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Physician Assistant, and Social Worker.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to identify structurally vulnerable patients 

Participants will learn what structurally vulnerable patients have identified they would want in palliative and end of life care 

Participants will be able to implement strategies of care delivery for structurally vulnerable patients in their practice An understanding of the legal history that mandates various healthcare rights to incarcerated individuals. 

Understanding the legal and ethical healthcare rights and responsibilities of incarcerated individuals and their clinicians. 

Understanding healthcare clinicians’ legal and ethical difficulties when delivering healthcare services, particularly palliative care, to incarcerated individuals. 

Describe the interaction of substance use disorders, advanced illness, and chronic pain Analyze cases in three dimensions: pain, addiction and prognosis to develop a management plan in patients with life-limiting illness Identify strategies to balance pain control with management of addiction in patients with advanced illness

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 3.00 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.
  • 3.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 3.00 ASWB
  • 3.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/24/2024 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
04/24/2024 - 12:00pm EDT

General Outline:
Registration and a Light Breakfast begins at 7:30 am. Program Concludes at 11:30am.

(7:50am-8am) Welcome 

(8am-9am) Delivering Palliative Care to Structurally Vulnerable Patients
Kelly Ferraro, MD 

(9am-10am) Carceral Individual in the Palliative Care Environment 
Greg Dober, MA (bioethics), Healthcare Ethics Advocate

(10am-10:15am) Break

(10:15am-11:15am) Addressing Addiction in Advanced Illness:  Why and How
Julie Childers, MD

(11:15am-11:30) Evaluations / Wrap-Up

 (11:30)  Adjournment  

UPMC McKeesport 1 Mansfield Usman Conference Center
1500 Fifth Ave
McKeesport, PA 15132
United States

Course Director:
Desiree A Yetter, DO


Kelly Ferraro, MD, FACP
Division Chief, Denver Health Palliative Medicine
Assistant Professor, CU Anschutz School of Medicine
Dr. Kelly Ferraro is a prior US Air Force Internist and Academic Hospitalist. She returned to fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine in 2018 and now practices Palliative Medicine at Denver Health, where she is passionate about the delivery of advanced symptom management and communication in serious illness, particularly in societally vulnerable populations. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and cycling in the Grand Valley with her husband, two young sons, and two big dogs.

Greg Dober, MA Bioethics
Healthcare Ethics Advocate
Private Practice
Gregory Dober has been an instructor in biomedical ethics at various universities and hospitals.
His work in health care ethics and the incarcerated individual has been published and cited in such publications as the American Journal of Bioethics, Prison Legal News, and various law reviews and journals.  He is recognized within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an Official Visitor in the corrections area with the Pennsylvania Prison Society, He resolves and mitigates conflicts between inmates and state and local corrections departments, focusing on healthcare-related and other issues.  He has consulted for various academic and clinical facilities across the country on healthcare ethics issues and incarceration as well as peer-reviewed for various journals on the subject.
Greg is a co-author of Against Their Will:  The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children In Cold War America published by Palgrave-McMillan in 2013 and revised in 2021 by Sunbury Press.   In addition, he is an executive producer of the short film, Willowbrook, a medical research short drama, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and won best short film at the Boston Film Festival in 2012.
Greg received a Master of Arts in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University – Chicago and a Master of Arts in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanity and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

Julie Childers, MD, FAAHPM, FASAM
Professor of Medicine
Program Director, UPMC ME Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics
Section of Treatment, Research, and Education in Addiction Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Julie Childers graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2005 and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester. She returned to Pittsburgh for fellowship training in palliative care in 2009 and obtained a master’s degree in medical education in 2010. She began treating opioid use disorder in 2010, and in 2018 became board certified in Addiction Medicine. She is currently Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She attends on both the Palliative Care Consult Service and the Addiction Medicine Consult Service at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital (though not usually at the same time). Her outpatient practice is focused on substance use disorders, including a special program for individuals with palliative care needs. In 2020 she developed a new ACGME-accredited addiction medicine fellowship within the Division of General Internal Medicine, and currently serves as the fellowship director. She has written and taught nationally in the areas of teaching communication, motivational interviewing, medical ethics, and managing addiction in patients with serious illness. In 2020, she won the Hastings-Cunniff Dixon Award for mid-career physicians for her clinical, research, teaching and advocacy for individuals who suffer from both serious illness and substance use disorders.

Faculty 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 companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 3.0 contact hours.

Physician Assistant (AAPA)
The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 3.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.  

Social Work 
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 3.0 continuing education credits.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 3.00 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.
  • 3.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 3.00 ASWB
  • 3.00 Attendance
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For more information, contact Desiree Yetter at yetterda2@upmc.edu