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Pain & Palliative Care Conference Register Now

Thursday, June 15, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Prentice Women's Hospital
250 E Superior St, Chicago
Conference Room L
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The 12th Annual Pain and Palliative Care Conference attracts a broad audience of nurses, physicians, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, and other healthcare therapists from around the region. This conference covers important information on how to provide care to patients with life-threatening illness and support caregivers.

Agenda and Faculty List

Keynote Speaker

Richard J. Miller, PhD
Richard J. Miller, PhD
Alfred Newton Richards Professor of Pharmacology
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Conference Chair

Judith Paice
Judith Paice, PhD, RN
Cancer Pain Program
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Keynote Topic

The Brief History of Opioids

Other Topics

  • Without Warning: The Special Needs of those with Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease
  • Prognostication: Challenges in a Changing World
  • Pediatric Palliative Care: Unique Challenges
  • Palliative Care Needs of Those with Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Poetry for Patients: Learning to Read Poetry with Your Colleagues, Patients and Families
  • POLST: Lessons Learned

Target Audience

Nurses, APRNs, physician assistants, physicians, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, and other healthcare therapists.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of this program is to enhance the knowledge of nurses and other healthcare professionals regarding the care of patients and families living with pain or illness.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss historical perspectives regarding opioids and the effect this has on current practice
  • Describe the palliative care needs of special groups such as those with early onset Alzheimer's disease, central nervous system tumors and pediatric patients and their families.
  • Integrate tools that assist prognostication as well as the POLST in initiating conversations that ensure patients' wishes are met at end of life.
  • Explain how art, such as poetry and other literary forms, can enhance conversations at end of life.

Contact Hours

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) The 12th Annual Pain and Palliative Care Conference (ONA # 20715) will provide 5.5 contact hours.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Medical Social Sciences maintains the responsibility for the program and its content. This activity offers 5.5 hours of continuing education for psychologists.

Please contact Erin Donoghue, Manager of Professional Education, at 312.695.1391 or for more information.


Registration Type Northwestern Affiliate* Non-Northwestern Affiliate
Student, Resident, Fellow $20 $20
Nurse/ Health Professional $25 $50
Physician $25 $60
Industry Representative $250

* Northwestern affiliates are employees of Northwestern University, Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern Medical Group, Lurie Children's, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Jesse Brown VA

Onsite registration will be available, but we encourage all participants to register in advance.


Daily discounted parking is available at the 321 E. Erie Self-Park Garage (Parking C) at the corner of Erie St. & Fairbanks Ct. The early-bird flat rate is $17 if you arrive between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and depart by 7:30 p.m. (minimum of 4 hours). Discounted parking is not available at any other garage. No validation of tickets is needed from the conference staff or the hospital.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Erin Donoghue, Manager of Professional Education, or call 312.695.1391.