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April 1-2, 2016

Advance Care Planning Reimagined: A Core Component of Clinical Excellence and Cultural Leadership in Oncology

Supported by The Esther Schwartz Scholarship and Research Fund


This conference, with keynoter Ira Byock, MD, was developed for continuing education coordinators, nurses, physicians, social workers and bereavement counselors. 


Assist in the development of effective communication skills between oncology nurses, healthcare providers, patients and families in order to promote improved advance care planning.

Patient and family-centered care are national healthcare priorities. To successfully provide such care, healthcare professionals need enhanced communication skills in order to effectively discuss values and goals of care with patients and families. Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a broad term covering the goals of care discussions and has been included in CMS’ reimbursement policies and as well as part of ASCO’s guidelines. This conference will provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with a foundation for understanding the complexities of ACP, including the factors which should be considered in planning a discussion and how to successfully include multiple disciplines in the conversation.  

DAY 1: Driscoll Hall Auditorium

8:00 Registration/ Coffee/Juice/ Bagels

8:45 Welcome/Introductions

9:00 -10:15 AM Key Note Address - Advance Care Planning Reimagined: A Core Component of Clinical Excellence and Cultural Leadership

Ira Byock, MD

10:15 – 10:30 AM Q & A

10:30 – 10:45 AM break with coffee

10:45 – 11:15 AM Enhancing Palliative Care Planning to Early Phases in Cancer Care and Treatment Harleah Buck, PhD, RN, CHPN, FPCN, FAAN  

11:15 – 11:45 AM Getting (Bringing) the Entire Oncology Team on Board

Kelly Britton, MSN, FNP-C

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Reflections/Commentary/Q&A


Moderator – Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE

Harleah Buck PhD, RN, CHPN, FPCN, FAAN  ,

Karl Ahlswede, MD, FASC  

Kelly Britton, MSN, FNP-C

12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch in Villanova Room, Connelly Center

1:45 – 2:30 PM Reimbursement Policies & Healthcare Standards that Impact Person-centered and Family-oriented Care for Oncology Patients and Their Families.

Kate Lally, MD, FACP

2:30 – 3:00 PM The Role of Multimorbidity and Disease Trajectory in Advance Care Planning.

Meredith MacKenzie, PhD, RN, CRNP

3:00 – 3:30 PM Panel Reflections/Commentary/ Q&A


Moderator – Barbara Stephen, MSN, RN

Ira Byock, MD

Amy Tucci, BS

Meredith MacKenzie, PhD, RN, CRNP

3:30 – 3:45 Break with Coffee

3:45 – 4:15 PM The Role of Cultural/Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Addressing Advanced Care Planning for Oncology Patients and Their Families

Salimah Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN

4:15 – 4:45 PM Spirituality and Advance Care Planning for Oncology Patients and their Families.

Le’Roi Gill, DMin, MDiv, JD

4:45 – 5:15 PM Reflections/Commentary/ Q&A


Moderator – Amanda Jenkinson, MSN, RN

Le’Roi Gill, DMin, MDiv, JD

Salimah Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN

Susan Gregory – MD, FACP, FCCP

5:15 – 6:30 Wine & Cheese Reception with book signing (Ira Byock)

Day 2  Connelly Center Villanova Room

8:30 AM Registration

8:30 – 9:10 AM Breakfast

9:10 AM Welcome/Introductions

9:15 – 10:00 AM   Challenges and Issues in Provider-Patient-Family Communication with Advance Care Planning for Oncology Patients

Robert Arnold, MD

10:00 – 10:30 AM Main Line Health Systems (MLHS) Initiative in Educating Clinicians about the Significance ACP in End-of-Life Care for Oncology Patients.

Karl Ahlswede, MD, FASC  

10:30 – 11:00 AM Caring for the Greatest Generations in and Outside of the VA

Scott T. Shreve, DO  

11:00 – 11:30 AM


Moderator – Ellen Tracy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Karl Ahlswede, MD, FASC

Robert Arnold, MD

Scott Shreve, DO

11:30 – 11:45 AM Wrap-up/CE/CMEs/Evaluations


Annual Research Symposium

Buidling the Evidence Base for Nurses' Work

This program is jointly provided by the Center for Nursing Research, the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Intl., and Continuing Education in Nursing and Healthcare.


Conference Details

The keynote for the symposium "Enhancing the Kaleidoscope of Evidence-Based Practice" will be presented by Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FACHE. She is Senior Vice President of Patient Services and the Chief Nursing Officer of Main Line Health.

Additional research presentations will be selected from a call for abstracts. Studies in any stage of development will be included in the poster presentations.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Villanova Room @ Connelly Center, Villanova University

Fee: $20.00 advance registration, $25.00 onsite registration

2.5 contact hours

Register here.

More information to come soon!