Hospice & Palliative Medicine Practice Review Course                   

Preparation for the hospice and palliative medicine board certification exam.

Last Hospice and Palliative Review Course was successfully held on September 8 & 9, 2012.


Thank you


Meeting Location:

Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 S. Harbour Island Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

Brief Description:

This is a 2 day advanced course providing an in-depth review and update on current practice for physicians planning to sit for the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Board Certification Exam which the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) began offering in 2008.

This Course Will Feature:

content as outlined in the HPM Certification Examination Blueprint

experienced faculty
fast paced didactic presentations
case presentations

Course Chairs:

Ronald Schonwetter, MD, FACP, AGSF, FAAHPM
Howard Tuch, MD, MS

Featured Faculty:

Mary Lou Proch, Ed.D, MSN, MA, BSN - Chapters Health System
Ronald Schonwetter, MD, FACP, AGSF, FAAHPM - Chapters Health System
Robert Arnold, Ph.D. - Suncoast Hospice
Stewart Stein, MD - Good Shepherd Hospice
Barbara Lubrano, MD - James A. Haley Veterans Administration
William Haley, Ph.D. - University of South Florida
Bruce Himelstein, MD - Chapters Health System
Sahana Rajasekhara, MD - Moffitt Cancer Center
Robert Walker, MD - University of South Florida
Joelle M. Angsten, MD - Tidewell Hospice
Joan Christie, MD - University of South Florida
Jennifer Strickland, PharmD
Howard Tuch, MD, MS - University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital
Diane Portman, MD - Moffitt Cancer Center
Kirksak Jay Poonkasem, MD, LMT - Suncoast Hospice

Who Should Attend:

Hospice and palliative care physicians preparing for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists hospice and palliative medicine certification examinations should plan to attend. Other practitioners seeking a solid review of hospice and palliative medicine competencies, such as family physicians, internist, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, anesthesiologists, internists, physiatrists, hospitalists, surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, and oncologists will also benefit from this course.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Assess and manage pain and non-pain symptoms and understand medication side effects.
  2. Assess and manage psychological and social spiritual needs of patients with advanced illness.
  3. Assist patients and/or families identify appropriate goals of care.
  4. Understand the importance of good communication skills and the use of the multidisciplinary approach to care.
  5. Apply ethical principles to care proided to patients near the end-of-life.
  6. Treat urgent conditions that arise near the end of life and understand the changes that occur near the end of life.

Course Content:

Ø Test Taking Skills
Ø Approach to Care
Medicare Hospice Benefit
Ø Psychosocial/Spiritual Issues
Ø Non-pain Symptom Management I
Ø Non-pain Symptom Management II
Ø Grief and Bereavement
Ø Urgent Conditions
Ø Ethical/Legal Decision Making
Ø Prognostication
Ø Intractable Pain/Interventional Pain Management
Ø Pain Management
Pediatric Palliative Care
Ø Discontinuation of Technological Support
Ø Palliative Sedation
Ø Impending Death
Ø Teamwork/Communication/Consultation Etiquette
Ø Complementary and Alternative Therapies

The course is based on the ABIM blueprint.

The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies at USF has no direct role or input into the development of the exams. The Center follows the model for all board exams in medicine. The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies develops all test preparation courses and products without any "inside" knowledge about the exam questions, but relies on the publicly published material about the exam (such as the content outline).

Travel Information:


INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS: Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling 1-800-WESTIN1 or 1-800-937-8461 by Wednesday, August 8, 2012. They must identify themselves as members of USF Department of Internal Medicine. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

The Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 S. Harbour Island Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 229-5000
Rate: Standard King/Double - $139 / $10 additional persons
Special Rate Cut-off Date: August 8, 2012

Airport Information & Ground Transportation

Westin Harbour Island is located 9 miles from Tampa International Airport (TPA). This is a 20 minute drive.
Driving directions to the Hotel can be found on www.mapquest.com
Flat rates between In-Town zone (in-town zone encompasses, Downtown, Harbour Island, Dvais Islands, Ybor City, & Hyde Park) are available at about $25 each way or Airport Shuttle is available at about $13 one way. Yellow Cab 813-888-5008; United Cab 813-253-2424.

Parking Information

For the overnight guests: $15.00 valet and $10.00 self.
For the daily drive in guests: $5.00 self-parking and $7.00 valet.
For a map of the downtown area please go to: Tampa4U

Weather/Conference Attire

Tampa's average high in September is 89 degrees F, and the low is 74 degrees. Meeting room temperatures tend to vary. Please bring a light sweater or jacket to all meetings.

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Feedback from Previous Years Course Attendees
"Great topic; very helpful"
"Very good"
"Very informative"
"Superior! Excellent with case studies!"
"Appreciate the photos"
"Best talk to date, in board prep terms"
"Good job"
"Appreciate thoughtful presentation and help w/boards preparation"

CANCELLATIONS POLICY: All requests for refunds & cancellations must be in writing, and sent to the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies office or via e-mail at palliate@health.usf.edu. Refund requests must be received 14 days prior to the seminar date.

Accommodations for Disabilities: Please notify the Center for Hospice Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies Office either in writing or via email at 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC19, Tampa, Florida, 33612 or palliate@health.usf.edu or call (813) 974-2460 a minimum of ten working days in advance of the event if a reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed.

Events, activities and facilities of the University of South Florida are available without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, or Vietnam veteran status as provided by law and in accordance with the University's respect for personal dignity.

ACCREDITATION / DESIGNATION STATEMENT: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Florida Medical Association and The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies at USF. The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Florida Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of sixteen (16.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. In addition, the course is approved for 16.0 contact hours for nurses. Provider number is FBN 3010

SPEAKER DISCLOSURE: The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies at USF endorses the standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The planners and speakers for this activity disclosed no financial relationship relevant to the content of their presentations. The material presented in this activity represnts the opinions of the faculty and not necessarily the view of the Center.