Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Caring for the Complex Patient

Friday, March 02, 2018, 12:30 PM – ,


Hosted by the IUPUI RESPECT Signature Center

Where:The Ritz Charles, Carmel, IN
When: March 1-2, 2018

March 1, 2018*

March 2, 2018

Pre-conference workshop: IU Talk
12:30-4:30 pm
Regenstrief Institute, 1101 W. 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

All-day conference: Let’s Talk Palliative Care
7:30 am-4:00 pm
Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St.
Carmel, IN 46032

This day-long statewide conference is designed to bring together health care clinicians and researchers to discuss best practices in palliative and end-of-life care. Conference objectives include:

  1. Describe best practices in palliative and hospice care for improving care of patients with serious illness;
  2. Discuss strategies to incorporate new and innovative techniques for caring for patients with serious illness of all ages;
  3. Identify current challenges and opportunities in the field of palliative care.

The conference will offer:

  • Keynote Speaker by national expert, Dr. Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues from across the region
  • Sessions featuring regional experts focused on Pediatric, Oncology and Geriatric Palliative and EOL Care issues
  • Posters displaying novel clinical program, quality improvement projects, or research related to palliative and end-of-life care.

Pre-conference: IU Talk

SESSION Confirmed!

IU Talk, which is powered by VitalTalk (www.vitaltalk.org) provides a supportive venue for considering ways to better manage difficult conversations. This half-day workshop will be experiential, with each participant working in a small group to navigate some challenging cases. At the end of the half-day, each participant will take away new techniques to help nurture healthier relationships with patients and families. We look forward to bringing our workshop to the RESPECT conference! Up to 24 seats available. Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Nursing Education are available for this session.


A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Young Professionals or Students working or studying palliative and end-of-life care, compliments of the Woltman Family Communication Program.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for clergy working in healthcare, compliments of the Daniel E. Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare

Additional information and scholarship application is available at Scholarship Information and Scholarship Application.The submission deadline for scholarship applications is Jan 19, 2018, 5:00 pm. EST.

Call for Posters

Attendees are invited to submit poster abstracts highlighting their clinical program, quality improvement projects, or research related to palliative and end-of-life care. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference venue and will be highlighted during the conference breaks. Poster guidelines can be found at Call for Posters. Submission Deadline: January 19, 2018, 5:00 pm EST.


The Indiana University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Indiana University Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-412, 6/1/2019) Nurses will be granted 7.25 contact hours for time in attendance and submission of an evaluation.

Indiana University School of Medicine has been approved by the Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board to provide Category I Continuing Education program. This activity qualifies for 11.0 Category I CEU as outlined by the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Indiana University Health, Indianapolis had been approved by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency to sponsor Category I Continuing Education for Psychology. This program provides a maximum of 7.25 contact hours.

Continuing education units are pending for Healthcare Chaplaincy and will be updated when approved.

About The RESPECT Center

The mission of the Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center is to build a collaborative, interdisciplinary scientific community of researchers and clinicians to work together to advance the science of communication in palliative and end-of-life care across the lifespan. The RESPECT Center is funded through the IUPUI Signature Center Initiative and the generous support of the IU School of Nursing; the IU School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics; the IU Simon Cancer Center; and IU Health.