6:00 PM18:00

Community Forum - When Will Doctors Listen to Patients: The Promise of Palliative Care

  • GVSU - Loosemore Auditorium (inside DeVos Center) (map)
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Event Description

You are invited to join us for a dialogue about improving the quality of life through to the end of life. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Timothy Ihrig, the medical director for palliative medicine at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Iowa, where he has been instrumental in normalizing palliative care at all levels of the healthcare system, achieving extraordinary improvements in quality and reductions in cost. Dr. Ihrig will be joined by other experts in the field discussing opportunities for optimizing care for those experiencing life-defining and terminal illnesses.

There will be ample time devoted to comments and questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served, beginning at 5:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

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GVSU Interprofessional Certificate - Palliative and Hospice Care

Certificate Focus

Person-centered, family-oriented end-of-life (EOL) care should be a priority, according to the 2014 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Dying in America. The report acknowledges the need for better palliative care education in order to meet the goal of high quality, affordable, and sustainable EOL care.

This interprofessional certificate is designed to prepare individuals interested in palliative and hospice care with a deep understanding of the personal, professional, economic and legal perspectives of delivering care to patients facing life-limiting disease, terminal illness and death. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Contrast the interdisciplinary philosophy and delivery of palliative and hospice care with existing traditional medical models.
  • Delineate common types of pain and pain syndromes that contribute to symptom burden in individuals with life-limiting illness.
  • Develop strategies to alleviate the complex symptoms of individuals with chronic and terminal illness using a team approach.
  • Incorporate behaviors that acknowledge grieving and loss into routine care planning for individuals seeking palliative and hospice care.
  • Assimilate evidence-based strategies into effective provider communication that integrates patients and families as the unit of care.
  • Utilize an interdisciplinary framework to support and develop a plan of care for individuals who require palliative and/or hospice care. 

About the Certificate

12 Credit Hours / 4 Graduate-level Courses

  • Chronic and Terminal Illness: The Palliative and Hospice Model (3 credits)
  • Complex Pain and Symptom Management (3 credits)
  • Death, Grief and Loss (3 credits)
  • Choice of 1 Elective (3 credits):
    • Health Care Systems, Policy and Politics
    • Clinical Pharmacology
    • Law, Ethics and Social Work
    • Social Work and Healthcare

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7:15 AM07:15

West Michigan Cancer Nursing Conference: Uniting to Enhance Quality of Life

Program Description

The West Michigan Cancer Nursing Conference is designed to educate nurses and other health care professionals in state-of-the-art practices in cancer care.


  • Identify the newest treatment options in radiation therapy.
  • Discuss management of the patient with ovarian cancer.
  • Describe the management of cancer patients receiving enteral nutrition.
  • Identify dietary supplements that are helpful and those that are helpful for the cancer patient.
  • Discuss the patient experience from the perspective of the cancer survivor.

Who Should Attend

This conference is for nurses, pharmacists, radiology staff and other health professionals who care for cancer patients.

Contact Hour Credit

Nursing: This activity has been submitted to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) for approval to award contact hours. ONS is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Pharmacy: Application has been made for continuing education credits for pharmacists from the state of Michigan.
Radiology: Application has been made for continuing education credits for radiology staff from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

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