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An invitation from Elise Carey and Laura Morrison... Please join us


Do you want to learn more about how your colleagues are teaching learners about hospice and palliative medicine?

Then, don’t miss this great new session at the 2010 Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM):


Interactive Educational Exchange: Sharing Innovative Teaching Materials and Methods

March 5th 3:15-4:15pm


For this interdisciplinary session, five educators were chosen through a highly- competitive review process to share their innovative curricula. The session will include a hands-on, interactive exploration of each of the educational materials at individual tables. Our hope is that participants will get ideas and materials to enhance their own educational programs at home.

The five innovations that will be presented are:

1) Amy Holthouser, MD - Palliative Care Clinical Teaching Vignette

2) Susan Kristiniak, MSN, RN - Pain Improvement with Nursing Knowledge

3) Gordon Wood, MD - Pain Theater

4) Susan Gerbino, PhD, MSW - Zelda Foster Studies in Palliative and End-of-Life Care - Zelda Foster Fellows Program

5) Zaki-Udin Hassan, MBBS - Use of the Human Patient Simulator for Training in Palliative Medicine

Please join us!

Comments

Patrice Villars said…
Where's the 'Like' button? Looking forward to it.
Eric Widera said…
I got to see how the human patient simulator is used to train learners about palliative medicine. Count me in.
Alex Smith said…
Pain theater...now this I have to see! What is it???
From the Twitter-verse:

From: drosielle
To: @ctsinclair Chairs next years assembly? Also think education exchange session truly innovative and very practical helpful. Hope recurs.

Now that is a solid gold endorsement!

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