Week in Review: May 18-22, 2020

Changes have been made to the 2021 Call for Abstracts to help focus content and delivery methods:

  • The call for concurrent sessions has been cancelled (2020 session leaders will present their content in 2021).
  • The call for scientific and quality improvement papers and posters will be July 7-21.
  • The call for case study sessions and scholar e-posters will be announced in July.

To gauge your interest and comfort level in attending a conference in 2021, please complete this survey by June 1.


With non-US international medical graduates comprising a large segment of the physician workforce, AAHPM joined medical specialty partners in sending a letter urging Congress to maintain the nation’s healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 crisis through visa policies that will serve to retain physicians and scientists currently in the U.S. and expedite entrance of physicians and residents into the country.


AAHPM staff presented to CEOs of the ten ABMS co-sponsoring boards of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) at a meeting this week. As an advocate for the field and the subspecialty, the Academy requested the boards create a forum for governance of the discipline where decisions specific to HPM are made, specifically that diplomates of the subspecialty should be included in the governance. We also asked for clarity and consistency for HPM fellows and diplomates across all cosponsoring boards.


This week, AAHPM partnered with the Palliative Care Quality Collaborative (PCQC) to present content previously scheduled for the 2020 Annual Assembly as a free webinar titled “Making Measurement Matter: How Will Your Organization Engage with the New Palliative Care Quality Collaborative?” A recording and presentation slides will be posted on the AAHPM website.


The AAHPM office will close at 4 pm ET on Friday, May 22 and remain closed through Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 26. In the meantime, visit aahpm.org to access COVID-19 resources, connect with colleagues, review the latest issue of JPSM, or purchase a product to enhance your knowledge of hospice and palliative care.

1 thought on “Week in Review: May 18-22, 2020

  1. My mother is in hospice. Myself and my son are not allowed to see her inside. I believe it is inhumane. We are the only family she has and is scared of being alone.
    Neither my son or I have Covid-19. I understand the risks but when someone is dying real soon this should not be. I am heartbroken every time I leave her window.

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