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Conferences and Rounds

Palliative Care Program and the Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics monthly newsletter provides more details about the following Rounds.

Here is a sneak peek at what’s coming up:

Wednesday, September 7th - The INTERDISCIPLINARY CLINICAL ETHICS CONFERENCE has been cancelled due to illness.

Wednesday, Sept 14th – SPIRITUAL REFLECTION ROUNDS. The Complex Psychodynamics of Chronic Critical Illness: How Can Caretakers Try to Maintain Compassion?, presented by David K.P. Lee, MD, Attending Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit, Rochester Regional Health System. Noon – 1 pm, K-207 (Rm. 2-6408), URMC. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Wednesday, Sept 21 – SCHWARTZ CENTER CONFERENCE. "Will a Miracle Happen?": Cancer Treatment in a Spanish-Speaking Solid Organ Transplant Patient. Noon – 1 pm, Whipple Auditorium (Rm. 2-6424). Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, Sept 28 – PALLIATIVE CARE GRAND ROUNDS. Treatment of End-stage Renal Disease without Renal Replacement Therapy presented by Fahad Saeed, MD, FASN, Division of Nephrology and Palliative Care. Noon – 1 pm, K-207 (Rm. 2-6408), URMC. Lunch will be provided.

  • Medical Humanities Rounds – First Wednesday of the month
    This series of conferences features presentations by faculty and guest speakers that address issues in health care through the lens of humanities (including literature, history, philosophy, visual arts, music, religious and cultural studies, theatre and dance). For further information, contact Mary Fisher, (585) 275-6435.
  • Clinical Ethics Rounds – Second Friday of the month.
    These rounds focus on ethical issues and dilemmas in medicine. For further information, contact Mary Fisher, (585) 275-6435.
  • Schwartz Center Rounds – Third Wednesday of the month
    The Schwartz Center Rounds are a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss important emotional and social issues that arise in caring for seriously ill patients. This forum focuses specifically on bringing together providers from different disciplines (medicine, nursing, chaplaincy, social work, etc.) as well as from different services (intensive care, cardiology, neonatology, etc.) to explore those complicated or unusual cases where a team approach to care and communication are essential. Unlike grand rounds, these conferences are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff. Participants are encouraged to engage in an interactive discussion about the issues presented and share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. For further information, contact Brenda Herrmann at (585) 275-7987. For more information about Schwartz Center Rounds in other hospitals, visit
  • Palliative Care Conference– Fourth Wednesday of the month
    This series of conferences meets monthly to consider topics relevant to palliative care and its mission to provide comprehensive care to seriously ill patients and their families. The domains considered include: Managing pain or other symptoms; clarifying and articulating goals of care; offering patient and family support; and when needed, assistance with making end-of-life decisions. For further information, contact Brenda Herrmann at (585) 275-7987.