Revolution Hall, Portland

The schedule is subject to change as the conference approaches.

We anticipate 12 to 14 continuing education credits for doctors, nurses, and social workers.


Welcome Reception: February 16, 2023, Thursday, 7 to 9pm.

Location to be announced.


Day one: February 17, 2023. Friday

8:50 to 8:55: Housekeeping

8:55 to 9:05: Welcome/Introduction
Peg Sandeen, PhD, MSW

CEO, Death with Dignity
Conference Co-chair

9:05 to 9:50: Keynote — Some Myths about Aid in Dying
Lonny Shavelson, MD

Chair, American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying
Conference Co-chair

9:50 to 10:10: State Differences — Present and Future Legal Considerations
Thaddeus Pope, JD, Ph.D., HEC-C

Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Minnesota

10:10 to 11:05: Hospices and Aid in Dying — A land of many journeys
Presenter/Moderator: Amy Yoffe, LCSW

Access TLC Home Hospice, California
Panel:
Lisa Stolarczyk, MD
High Desert Hospice, New Mexico
Hope Wechkin, MD
Evergreen Hospice, Washington.
Deborah North, MD
Hospice of the Northwest, Washington
Pamela Brown, RN
Eden Hospice, Montana

11:05 to 11:20: Break

11:20 to 12:15: Prognostic Dilemmas in Aid in Dying
Presenter/Moderator:
Kelly McCann, MD, PhD Medical Oncologist

Assistant Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles
Panel: To be announced

12:15 to 1:15: Lunch

1:15 to 2:05: ALS & the Complexities of Neurodegenerative diseases — From prognosis to ingestion
Presenter/Moderator: Kara Bischoff, MD

Palliative Care. University of California San Francisco
Panel:
Christina Vaughan, MD
Neuropalliative Care. Associate Professor, Neurology. University of Colorado School of Medicine
Ryan Spielvogel, MD
Core Faculty, Sutter Family Medicine Program, Sacramento, California.
Medical Director, Sutter End of Life Option Act Services
Deborah Armstrong, JD
New Mexico. Co-author, Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act
Audra Hindes, MS
Vice President, Care Services. ALS Association Golden West Chapter

2:05 to 3:00: Clinician Attendance on the Aid-in-Dying day — Doctors, nurses, volunteers, end-of-life doulas, hospice staff
Presenter/Moderator: Chris Fruitrich

Volunteer, End of Life Washington
Volunteer Systems Coordinator, American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying
Panel:
Janie Rakow

End-of-Life Doula. New Jersey
Gabrielle Jimenez, LVN, CHPLN
Mission Hospice, California
Joel Rosen, MD
Family Medicine, Santa Fe Mobile MD, New Mexico
Ani Sinclair, MEd
Volunteer, End of Life Choices Oregon

3:00 to 3:15: Break

3:15 to 4:10: The Pharmacology of Aid in Dying, and a Red Flags Update
Carol Parrot, MD End of Life Washington
Lonny Shavelson, MD American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying

4:10 to 5:05: Ethical Challenges of Aid in Dying: Case discussions by members of the Ethics Consultation Service, American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying

Moderator: Jeanne Kerwin, DMH, HEC-C
Consultant in Bioethics and Palliative Care
Former Member, New Jersey State Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care
Panel:
Constance Holden, RN, MSN
Chair, Ethics Consultation Team, Boulder Community Health, Colorado
Jean Abbott, MD, MH, HEC-C
Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Humanities; Faculty, Palliative Care Masters Program; University of Colorado
Yvette Vieira, MMH, HEC-C
Manager, Palliative Care and Bioethics, Atlantic Health System, New Jersey

Case 1: A patient with anorexia nervosa requests aid in dying

Case 2: Navigating conflict between professional nursing commitments to patients and institutional “Leave the room” policies

Case 3: Conflict between consulting physicians regarding patient prognosis

5:05 to 5:15: Close Day 1
Various evening activities, to be announced
Meetings of Networking Groups, to be announced


Day 2: February 18, 2023. Saturday

9:00 to 9:55: Keynote. Race, Religion, and Spiritual Considerations in Aid in Dying
Presenter/Moderator: Terri Laws, PhD
Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, Race and Health
University of Michigan—Dearborn
Panel:
Tracey Bush, MSW, LCSW

Regional Practice Leader, End of Life Option Act Program, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California

9:55 to 10:50: Capacity and Judgment Evaluations for Patients Considering Aid in Dying
Presenter/Moderator: Thomas Strouse, MD
Psychiatry, Hospice and Palliative Care, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor, Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Panel:
Jonathan Treem, MD
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Brieze Bell, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, University of California San Francisco

10:50 to 11:05: Break

11:05 to 12:00: Nursing Care: Evaluating, informing, following, attending
Presenter/Moderator: Thalia DeWolf, RN, CHPN
Nursing Education Director, American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying
Panel: To be announced

12:00 to 1:00 Lunch

1:00 to 1:50: Grief Support after Medical Aid in Dying
Panel:
Sally Thomae, MSW
Aftercare Support, End of Life Washington
Joe Reynolds
Husband of aid-in-dying patient, participant in bereavement group with End of Life Washington
Joy Rodriguez, End-of-Life Doula
Leader, aid-in-dying bereavement group. Hawai’i
Leilani Maxera, MPH, LCSW
Therapist & Death Worker, Kaipuokaualoku. Hawaiʻi

1:50 to 2:45: The Role of Clinicians in the Policymaking Process. New Mexico: An Aid-in-Dying Case Study.
Presenter/Moderator: Peg Sandeen, PhD, MSW.
CEO, Death with Dignity
Panel: To be announced.

2:45 to 3:00: Break

3:00 to 3:55: Socially-Challenging Settings and Circumstances — homeless and impoverished; family conflicts; skilled nursing and long-term care facilities.
Presenter/Moderator: Ellen Wiebe, MD
Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia
Panelists/Case Presenters:
Rebecca Hudson, Masters of Health Advocacy
End of Life Washington
Tracey Bush, MSW, LCSW
Regional Practice Leader, End of Life Option Act Program, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California
Ryan Spielvogel, MD
Core Faculty, Sutter Sacramento Family Medicine Program. California.
Medical Director, Sutter End of Life Option Act Services

3:55 to 4:55: Medically-Challenging Cases: Complex gut function; Opiate/benzodiazepine tolerance; Self-administration by oral, rectal, PEG and ostomy routes.
Presenter/Moderator: Lonny Shavelson, MD; Thalia DeWolf, RN, CHPN
Panel: TBA. Panel members will present and discuss case histories.

4:55 to 5:10: Closing comments
Peg Sandeen, PhD, MSW. Death with Dignity. Committee Co-chair. Oregon.
Lonny Shavelson, MD. American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying.

Various evening activities, to be announced
Meetings of Networking Groups, to be announced


Curriculum Committee:
Lonny Shavelson, MD. Committee Co-chair. California.
Peg Sandeen, PhD, MSW. Death with Dignity. Committee Co-chair. Oregon.
Ryan Spielvogel, MD. Core Faculty, Sutter Sacramento Family Medicine Program.
Medical Director, Sutter End of Life Option Act Services. California
Thalia DeWolf, RN, CHPN. Director of Nursing Education, American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in dying. California.
Janie Rakow, End of Life Doula. Director of Doula Education, American Clinicians Academy on Medical aid in dying. New Jersey
Chris Fruitrich, Volunteer. End of Life Washington. Volunteer Systems Advisor, American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying
Amy Yoffe, LCSW. Access TLC Home Hospice, California
Julie Hertl, MSW, LICSW. Kaiser Permanente, Washington


NOTE: Submissions of Presentation Proposals closed as of November 1, 2022.