AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Paliative Care Speaker Series
Project type(s) Speaker
Date completed 01/2007
Chapter University of Vermont COM
Project Coordinator Karen Fromhold
Summary of project Monday: “When Cure is Not Possible: The Hospice Option” Brookes Cowan, Ph.D., MSW An edited version of the award-winning documentary, "Pioneers of Hospice: Changing the Face of Dying,” followed by remarks concerning the successes of hospice and the obstacles to quality end-of-life care in contemporary society. Sponsored by the Madison-Deane Initiative, and attended by the spouses of both of the founders of that project!

Tuesday: Dr. Zail Berry facilitates a panel of patients and/or families dealing with terminal illness Dr. Zail S. Berry, M.D., M.P.H. is an internist, geriatrician, and palliative medicine specialist providing home medical care to persons with serious illness in Chittenden County. She serves as Co-Medical Director of the Hospice of the Champlain Valley and is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Wednesday: Stephen Kiernan speaks, author of new book, "Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System." **Madison Deane has purchased 20 copies of his book that we can loan to students.**

Thursday: Panel discussion on how to deliver bad news--panelists include: Zail Berry, Neil Hyman, Alan Homans, Ursula McVeigh and possibly a Family Medicine doctor as well. Co-sponsored by the Palliative Care, Pediatric, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Family Medicine Student Interest Groups.

Friday: Panel discussion on the process of Palliative Care and Ethics consults.

Content area Death and Dying
Number of participants 200+
Participant hours involved 250+ hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $500
Project funding Local chapter funds,Other grant,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising There was some magic in the advertising of this event, and we're not entirely sure what it was, but it was VERY successful. Stephen Kiernan requested that his talk about his book be widely publicised, so notices about the whole week's events went out to
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions A LOT of work went into coordination beforehand, and lunches were sponsored by a number of student interest groups as well as through school funds and the Madison-Dean Initiative.

Comments This was a very successful and very well received speaker series.