5th Biennial Perinatal Palliative Care Symposium: Emotional Support and Compassionate Communication


th Biennial Perinatal Palliative Care Symposium:
Emotional Support and Compassionate Communication


Friday, March 27, 2020, 7:30am - 4:15pm
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Christiana Hospital Campus, Newark, DE

Registration Deadline: March 13, 2020
Pre-registration is required!



This full day educational symposium is designed for regional healthcare providers who share an interest in perinatal palliative care.  The topics covered in this symposium will include methods of effective communication as well as avenues for emotional/moral support in our work.

Target Audience

This course is intended for obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians, other physicians, nurse practitioners, labor & delivery, NICU, maternity, and hospice nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other health care professionals.

Statement of Need

There exists a gap in how to effectively and compassionately communicate with families and staff during a NICU hospitalization due to little available research, not emphasized in traditional medical/nursing teaching.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to:

  1. Implement techniques for effective and compassionate communication with families and staff.
  2. Recognize situations in which ethics support can be helpful for staff.
  3. Recognize the value of the emotional work done in caring for patients.


Registration for CCHS employees: $95 (“Day of” registration, if seating permits: $105)
Registration for non-CCHS employees: $125 (“Day of” registration, if seating permits: $135)
Emeritus physicians and non-CCHS students: $35
CCHS residents, fellows and students: No charge

Payment can be processed via the registration website.

If paying by check, make checks payable to:
Christiana Care Health Services (Tax ID: 51-0103684)
Indicate 5th Perinatal Palliative Care Symposium in the memo line. Include: name, degree/credentials & email address of participants

Mail to: Christiana Care Health Services - Department of Continuing Medical Education
4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road, MAP 2, Suite 2112, Newark, DE 19713
Please contact the Office of CME at 302-623-5588 or cme@christianacare.org with any questions.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Medical Society of Delaware and Christiana Care Health System. The Medical Society of Delaware (MSD) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

It is the policy of the Medical Society of Delaware to comply with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education. In keeping with these standards, all faculty participating in continuing medical education provided by MSD are expected to disclose to the activity audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentations.

Joint providership of CME by MSD in no way implies endorsement of any product or service. 

This activity is not supported by commercial funding.

Credit Designation Statement

The Medical Society of Delaware designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE Contact Hours

Christiana Care is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Delaware Nurse Association, an accredited approver by the American Nursing Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact hour approval is in progress.



Directions: The John H. Ammon Medical Education Center is located on the Christiana Hospital Campus, Newark, DE.

From I-95, southbound: Take Exit 4B onto Route 58 west (Churchman's Rd.). Follow Route 58 one mile. Turn left at the light to enter Christiana Hospital campus.
From I-95, northbound: Take Exit 4B onto Route 7/Route 1 north. Take Exit 166 onto Route 58 west (Churchman's Rd.). Follow Route 58 for six-tenths of a mile. Turn left at the light to enter Christiana Hospital campus.

Parking: Please follow the event parking signs to Lot C. Parking is guaranteed and available at no charge.

Area Hotels Include:
Christiana Hilton - 100 Continental Drive, Newark, DE | 302-454-1500
Marriott Courtyard - 48 Geoffrey Drive, Newark, DE | 302-456-3800
Days Inn - 900 Churchman's Road, Newark, DE | 302-368-2400
Fairfield Inn - 65 Geoffrey Drive, Newark, DE | 302-292-1500


Faculty and Disclosures

In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.

The following is a list of the faculty, along with any information they have disclosed regarding their relevant financial relationships.

Shazia Bhat, MD (Activity Director, Planner, Moderator) - No Disclosures
T. Sheron Smith, MHA, LNHA (Coordinator, Planner) - No Disclosures
Barbara Dean, BSN, RNC-NIC-CPLC (Planner) - No Disclosures
Jineen Flagg, RN (Planner) - No Disclosures
Melanie Chichester, BSN, RNC-OB, CPLC (Planner) - No Disclosures
Wendy Sturtz, MD (Planner) - No Disclosures

David Munson, MD (Speaker) - No Disclosures
Kathie Kobler, PhD, APRN (Speaker) - No Disclosures
Lucia Wocial, PhD, RN (Speaker) - No Disclosures
Renee Boss, MD, MHS (Speaker) - No Disclosures
Steve Mortenson, PhD (Speaker) - Gore (Speaker fee for Seminar/Training) -
The financial relationship does not relate to the educational assignment/presentation. Best available published evidence will be used to support the presentation.



All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. Physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained in this event. No single reference or service can take the place of medical training, education and experience. This educational activity does not define a standard of care, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. This information should not substitute for a visit or consultation with a health care provider.

Technical Requirements

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