Revolution Hall, Portland

The schedule is subject to change as the conference approaches


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

Location to be announced.


Day one: February 17, 2023. Friday

9:05 to 9:15 Welcome
Peg Sandeen, PhD, MSW

Oregon
CEO, Death with Dignity
Conference Co-chair

9:15 to 9:55: Keynote — Some Myths about Aid in Dying
Lonny Shavelson, MD

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

10:00 to 10:15: State Differences — Present and Future Legal Considerations
Thaddeus Pope, JD, Ph.D., HEC-C

Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Minnesota

10:20 to 11:10 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
Nurse and/or SW: To be announced

11:10 to 11:20: Break

11:20 to 12:15: 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

12:10 to 1:00: Lunch

1:05 to 1:55: 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

2:00 to 2:45: 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
New Mexico MD To be announced
Aid-in-Dying Volunteer To be announced

2:45 to 3:00: Break

3:05 to 3:55: 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

4:00 to 4:55: 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

5:00 Close Day 1
Various evening activities, 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
Additional Panel Member(s) To be announced

10:00 to 10:55: 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

11:00 to 11:15: Break

11:15 to 11:55: Bereavement by Loved Ones of Aid-in-Dying Patients
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. Hawaii.
Family member, aid-in-dying bereavement group, Hawaii. To be announced.

12:00 to 1:00 Lunch

1:00 to 1:55: 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

2:00 to 2:55: Being there: Tricks of the trade — Monitoring and preparing patients; the aid-in-dying day; and self-administration by oral, rectal, PEG and ostomy routes
Presenter/Moderator To be announced
Case histories and panel To be announced

2:55 to 3:10: Break

3:15 to 3:55: Challenging Settings and Circumstances — homeless and impoverished; family conflicts; skilled nursing and long-term care facilities
Presenter/Moderator: Ellen Wiebe, MD
Clinical Professor, Family Practice, University of British Columbia
Clinicians Advisory Council, Dying with Dignity Canada
Panelists/Case Presenters:
Amy Yoffe, LCSW Access TLC Home Hospice. California
Charles Blanke, MD Oncologist, Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
Rebecca Hudson, Client Support Coordinator, End of Life Washington
Cassandra DeCarvalho Sutherland, MPH Client Services Manager, End of Life Washington

4:00 to 4:50: Closing Session To be announced

4:50 to 5:00: Closing comments
Peg Sandeen, PhD, MSW

CEO, Death with Dignity
Conference Co-chair
Lonny Shavelson, MD
Chair, American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying
Conference Co-chair

Various evening activities, 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: The Call for Presentation Proposals is in effect until October 1, 2023. The curriculum will be finalized by that time.