• Conferences and Didactics

    • Didactics for Learners rotating on Pal Care
      • Primary Care Teaching Sessions (Mon/Tues/Wed) - Primary Palliative Care Teaching Sessions provide a structured and consistent curriculum for all learners rotating on the Palliative Care Service. Six modules written by previous Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) fellows provide the basis for a Primary Palliative Care education and is taught by HPM fellows and attendings every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. Topics included opioid conversions, communication skills, symptom management, and hospice criteria. 
      • Fellow Didactic Conference (Thursday afternoons) - Geared toward our Fellows, this conference series offers in depth didactics about common topics for Palliative Care specialists. This series is based on topics covered for the Hospice and Palliative Care (HPM) board exam and is taught by members of the Palliative Care interdisciplinary team. While topics are geared toward HPM Fellows, all learners on their palliative care rotation are encouraged to attend.
      • Friday Morning Conference (Friday mornings) - Friday Morning Conference brings together the VUMC and VA Palliative Care teams once per week to learn from each other. Presenters include HPM Fellows and members of the IDT and topics are geared to those of interest of the Palliative Care community. Past topics have included Artificial Intelligence in Palliative Care, Care of the Borderline Patient, and Pet Therapy.
      • Symptom Management and Faculty Development (2nd Thursday of the month) - Symptom management conferences offer a time and space for HPM Faculty and Fellows to discuss difficult cases and review best practices for symptom management in Palliative Care patients. Faculty Development conferences allow dedicated time to discuss topics important for academic Palliative Care practice. Topics for faculty development have included how to give feedback and opportunities for academic advancement.
      • Simulation Lab Communication Conference - Offered since 2018, the HPM communication conference is geared toward HPM Fellows and consists of 4 sessions throughout the fellowship year. HPM Fellows will spend time with an experience patient-actor and a Palliative Care attending that is trained in teaching communication based on the Vitaltalk model of directed learner feedback.
        • Since 2018, Nephrology Fellows have participated in a communication workshop with a Palliative Care attending, a Nephrology attending, and an experienced patient-actor. This teaching session is geared toward improving communication around delivering prognostic information and goals of care conversations for End-Stage Renal Disease patients. 
  • For the Greater Palliative Care Community

 

  • Innovation 

    • Vanderbilt Letter Project - The Vanderbilt Letter Project is a student driven initiative that teaches medical and nurse practitioner students how to navigate advanced care planning based on work originally done by the Stanford Letter Project. Students are mentored by a faculty team from palliative care, ethics, patient education and the school of nursing who mentor students to become facile in advance care planning and complex communication with the goal that these students go on to teach their less experienced counterparts under supervision. For more information contact: molly.t.williams@vumc.org or mohana.b.karlekar@vumc.org 
    • Night at the Museum Workshop: Using Art to Find Meaning and Enhance Learning - Dr. Andrew Wooldridge leads workshops with students, house staff, faculty, and interdisciplinary teams in partnership with the Frist Art Museum. These workshops use visual arts as a tool to cultivate empathy and compassion, increase tolerance for ambiguity, and enhance meaning with the goal of reducing burnout.

    • The Healer's Art: Wellness and Humanism Course - The Healer's Art is a widespread and long-running course created by Rachel Naomi Remen, and is taught at VUMC by Dr. Andrew Wooldridge for physicians and medical students. This course creates a safe community to explore the human dimension and the personal and universal meaning of our daily work in medicine. The course promotes a community of inquiry to encourage sharing of experiences, beliefs, aspirations, and personal truths. This discovery model transcends the divisiveness of expertise to explore service as a way of life. Topics include listening, presence, acceptance, loss, grief, healing, relationship, and encounters with awe, mystery and self-care. The course emphasizes uncovering and strengthening the altruistic values, sense of calling, and intention to serve that draw one to medicine, creating a firm foundation for meeting the challenging demands of contemporary medical practice. The process-based curriculum takes an interactive, contemplative, and didactic approach to accomplish these goals. For more information on both The Healer's Art: Wellness and Humanism Course and Night at the Museum, please contact: andrew.wooldridge@vumc.org
  • Regional Conferences