Storyteaching as a way to enhance mutual understanding

Creative methods in Storyteaching, by Karen Bell, RN, Nancy Boutin, MD Storyteaching is storytelling with a twist. Both are learned skills, as was aptly demonstrated by two gifted storytellers/teachers. There is one essential and several important structural hints, but the essential issue is setting; that is, a safe place where stories of immense personal importance … Read moreStoryteaching as a way to enhance mutual understanding

Palliative Care for Veterans with PTSD by Kehrle, Steckart, Moran

Starting with Dr. Kehrle this started as a research project during training. Case 1 63 yo male sent to radiology for test and became agitated. He was confrontational with staff. He had been a Vietnam Veteran and shared that he had flashbacks when placed on the table for test. He also shared that he was … Read morePalliative Care for Veterans with PTSD by Kehrle, Steckart, Moran

Facing Death:A Journey Through Pictures, Prose, Poetry, and Plainsong

Session by Lawrence Wolfe MD Demon is failure to acknowledge that patient’s are suffering and dying and leads to Burnout, sec trauma, moral distress, hostility, and structured violence. Most of us view death as a horrible thing and we are often not available to those who are dying. Story about demons and priest to overcome … Read moreFacing Death:A Journey Through Pictures, Prose, Poetry, and Plainsong

Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers…February 16 preconference Although I was faculty rather than participant, this workshop about horizontal and vertical violence (“Bullying”) was a learning experience for me. As the only physician on the panel I expected to be isolated, to feel like a concentration-camp guard at the Holocaust Museum; instead I was surprised at the … Read more

Discontinuing Treatment in Patients with End Stage Illness: The Art and Science of Reconfiguring Therapy

A very engaging conversational topic was presented. Some key items to be considered at this point in a patient’s illness: Ambulatory, Palliative, Hospice or Comfort Care The Goals of Care as described by the patient/family Clinical Expertise Best Practice Evidence Barriers may include: Patient Related: psychological attachment to medications they have been taking as well … Read moreDiscontinuing Treatment in Patients with End Stage Illness: The Art and Science of Reconfiguring Therapy

Dancing with Broken Bones: Race, Class and Spirit-Filled Dying in the Inner City (303)

David Moller has a vocation and avocation to use his training in sociology to give a voice and face to the poor, inner-city and disinfrancished living in America. There is a great divide between the large and growing underclass and the professionals that work in the medical industrial complex. David is a voice for those … Read moreDancing with Broken Bones: Race, Class and Spirit-Filled Dying in the Inner City (303)

Rage against the Dying of the Light: Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and Dementia

Case based discussion dementia is a chronic illness but not recognized as a terminal illness. There are really not any good secondary prevention measures. Most people with dementia have symptoms if we look for them. Treating depression may reverse some of the cognitive decline. Tertiary Prevention: intensive case management can make a big difference in … Read moreRage against the Dying of the Light: Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and Dementia