The Cases Have Been Selected

The 2008 Cases have been selected. We had a great turnout this year, and the AAHPM and HPNA have been gracious enough to expand the presentations to 9 from the originally scheduled 6. The reviewers had a difficult time choosing because of the high quality of numerous submissions. For those who did not get selected, individual feedback is available by emailing csinclair @t kchospice d0t org.

Some facts on the submissions:
61 cases submitted
From 57 individuals
(There are no rules to prevent double submissions! Good strategy!)
From 43 different institutions
6 RN submissions
4 Medical Student submissions
Congratulations to the selected cases.
The Cases Selected Are:

Session 505 - Sat Feb 2 - 8:30-9:30AM

Erin Remster, D.O. Student
Aminocaproic Acid to Prevent Hemorrhage in a Patient with Metastatic Hypophayrngeal Cancer
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Swee Ng
The Man Who Refuses to Die: The Challenges of Protracted Imminent Death
Summa Health System - Palliative Medicine Fellowship (Ohio)

Dr. Andrea White
Alcoholism at the End of Life on a Palliative Care Unit
University of Alabama at Birmingham - Palliative Care Fellowship

Session 515 - Sat Feb 2 - 9:45-10:45AM

Dr. Urviben Patel
Depression? Dementia? It Makes a Difference for the Patient, Family and Care Givers
University of Alabama at Birmingham Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Elizabeth Winstein
Exploring a ‘Desire to Die’ Statement from a Patient Undergoing Evaluation for Lung Transplantation
University of Pittsburgh Palliative Care Fellowship

Donita Overend, BSN
The Inconsolable Irritable Infant with Krabbe’s Disease
HRSA Nurse Residency Program with San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care

Session 530 - Sat Feb 2 - 1:45-2:45PM

Dr. Pareshkumar Patel
Control of Sickle Cell Crisis Pain in the Setting of Acute Renal Failure and Multiple Opioid Allergies
MCVH-VCU: Palliative Care Fellowship

Dr. Kristina Newport
Recurrent ICD Firing in a Patient with End-Stage Heart Failure
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center - Internal Medicine Program

Dr. Staci Mandrola
When Family Conflict Masquerades as Religious Differences
University of Louisville - Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The reviewers were:

Giovanni Elia, MD
San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care & Vice-Chair of the AAHPM PIT-SIG

Kelli Gershon, MSN APRN BC-PCM
Anderson Cancer Center

Laura J. Morrison, MD

Section of Geriatrics Baylor College
of Medicine &
Division of Palliative Medicine, The Methodist Hospital

Christian Sinclair, MD
Kansas City
Hospice & Palliative Care
Monday, November 12, 2007

AAHPM Call for Case Conference

AAHPM has posted the call for fellows cases on the front page. This is the first time the case conference has received this kind of publicity so make sure you submit your case!

Here is the link to the submission form.

From the submission form:

The call for submissions for the 2008 Case Conferences will be open from September 1 through October 24, 2007. Case Conferences are 20-minute complex case studies that feature the interdisciplinary team. The case study can focus on any of the domains of palliative care faced by the interdisciplinary team including: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual.

This will be the 4th year for the Case Conference, which serves a unique opportunity for student members of the field to present at a national conference, and gain the experience needed to become future leaders. In the past, all cases have been submitted and presented by physicians, but submissions are open to all levels of students of graduate nursing, social work and chaplaincy programs as well as medical students, residents and fellows. The Case Conferences will be presented during the Annual Assembly of AAHPM & HPNA in Tampa, FL on Saturday February 2, 2008.
Friday, August 31, 2007

Welcome to the Professionals In Training Blog. My name is David and I am a current fellow in Mason City Iowa. I was elected to chair the Professionals In Training Special Interest Group at the AAHPM Meeting in Salt Lake City. I am very excited about this opportunity and will be posting some information over the next few weeks to months about where this might go. The Academy will again support the Fellow's Case Conference at the next meeting in January and we will be posting the submission dates here as well. I look forward to serving as the chair over the next few months and hope that you will email me or reply to my post if you have questions about anything. Thanks for your support.

David Wensel DO
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
Mercy Medical Center
Mason City, Iowa
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Getting Ready for The Annual Assembly

(cross-posted to PIT-SIG List)

PIT-SIG Members:

In addition to all of the excellent Annual Assembly fare, there are several activities that will be of particular interest to professionals in training. I encourage you to take advantage of all of them.

1. PIT SIG meeting - Saturday at 7 a.m. - We will be reviewing PIT SIG accomplishments of the past year and brainstorming additional ideas that might be useful for professionals in training as we go forward. We will also be holding elections for next year's PIT SIG leadership (chair and vice-chair). Further descriptions of these positions and the process for the election will follow via the PIT SIG listserv and by post on our blog ( Please contact me ( with questions or to indicate your interest in a leadership position.

2. Professionals in Training Case Conferences - Saturday at 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. - Come support your colleagues!

3. Job Fair - Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall. This is the first annual Job Fair for the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly. It should be an excellent opportunity for those of you in the midst of a job search to explore all of your options.

4. PIT SIG Social Gathering - More details to follow!

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones next month!

Lynn Bunch
Chair, PIT SIG

Monday, February 05, 2007