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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:

Oct 28 – 4th Annual Palliative Care Collaborative of Rochester Educational Conference.
This year’s guest speaker is  VJ Periyakoli, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine; Director, Stanford Palliative Care Education & Training Program & the Stanford Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.  She will address the program with a keynote focusing on how Unconscious Bias impacts our work in palliative care and hospice (as well as elsewhere).  This conference targets an inter-disciplinary audience of palliative care generalists and specialists from the Western New York Region to establish an annual venue for continuing professional education in the evolving science and practice of palliative care.

  • 7:30 AM   Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast in the Flaum Atrium.
  • 8:00 AM   Welcome and Introduction in the Class of '62 Auditorium

For additional information and registration click here. Early Registration Discount Available to those registering before October 14th!

  • 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.