Palliative Care Conferences
NYU Langone’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care offers an array of palliative care conferences as part of physician training. We also encourage fellows to attend local, regional, and national meetings.
NYU Langone Health Annual Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Conference
In April, invited NYU Langone Health experts and national specialists from multiple disciplines provide keynote presentations and lead case-based discussions to share insights and resources. Past themes include Ethical Issues In Serious Illness and Building Provider Resilience. The conference is open to interdisciplinary providers nationwide including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other related health professionals. Accreditation is available for all attendees. This year’s virtual conference—Exploring Culture and Identity in Palliative Care—will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 8:15AM to 4:45PM. We will discuss why equity and inclusion are important in palliative care and how we can encourage it. We’ll also examine the current state of equity and inclusion and issues from our patients’ perspectives including race and ethnicity and LGBTQ+ issues. These resources will help you to better understand and care for our patients within the framework of their personal and social identities.
We offer several weekly didactic conferences, including a core curriculum series, clinical case conferences, Palliative Care Journal Club, and Palliative Care Grand Rounds. Several times a year, we welcome nationally recognized guest speakers as visiting professors.
Debriefings and Self-Care
Fellows meet monthly as a group with a supportive facilitator to discuss emotional and other challenges related to their training, wellness, and self-care. Interdisciplinary team meetings and real-time debriefings are also part of the curriculum, as are NYU Langone’s Schwartz Health Care Center rounds, a multidisciplinary forum for clinical caregivers to discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients. Narrative medicine and reflective writing are other components of the debriefing and self-care experience.
Our fellows participate in several bioethics training opportunities, including a clinical ethics case review and consultation program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, ethics committee meetings and case conferences at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, and presentations by bioethics guest speakers. In addition, some past fellows have participated in a yearlong bioethics certificate course during their fellowship.
Program Director Meetings and Mentoring
Fellows meet with the fellowship director individually and as a group to discuss progress, career guidance, and mentorship. Each fellow is assigned a mentor at the start of training as an additional source of support and guidance.
Our division encourages fellows to attend conferences in other specialties, including general internal medicine, pain management, geriatrics, psychiatry, critical care, and oncology, when the topics are relevant to palliative care or are of interest.
Local, Regional, and National Meetings
Each fall, fellows attend a half-day mindfulness and communication workshop held at Bellevue. In the spring, fellows take part in a full-day Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Conference hosted by NYU Grossman School of Medicine Section of Palliative Care; attend the annual John Corser Memorial Ethics Conference in New York City; present their quality improvement projects at NYU Langone’s Quality and Safety Day; and travel to the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, held in a different city each year.