The Wisconsin Medical Society is offering a new half-day workshop to prepare clinicians to communicate effectively and respond to the frequent challenges that arise in treating seriously ill and dying patients. “Establishing Care Goals for Seriously Ill Patients: A Communication Skills Workshop” is being presented March 10 at Society headquarters in Madison, and seats are still available.
Although most physicians and other health care professionals recognize the importance of advance care planning with older adults, they often feel unsure of what to say or how to approach the topic. Helping patients and those closest to them clarify treatment preferences and develop goals of care can be stressful and emotional; however, studies confirm that patients facing end-of-life situations benefit immensely from these interactions.
Led by two Wisconsin physicians who are nationally recognized as advance care planning experts—David Weissman, MD, and Tim Jessick, DO—the workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Issues that will be addressed include:
- How to respond when patients ask about their prognosis.
- How to resolve conflicts among patients, families and clinicians over end-of-life care goals.
- How to help patients and families who say “we want everything done.”
Workshop participants also will receive free registration for the Society’s on-demand webinar “Conducting a Family Meeting or Goals of Care Conversation” presented by Dr. Weissman.
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