Course Description

  • This program is designed to satisfy New Jersey’s two-hour end-of-life care requirement for medical license renewal.

  • CME/CE credits: up to 7.5

Did you know that New Jersey patients near the end of life are treated with more aggressive medical care than patients in any other state in the U.S.?

This high-intensity, high-cost care is often unwanted and burdensome to both patients and their caregivers. Key reasons for this burdensome care are the lack of knowledge about palliative and end-of-life care services, and comfort discussing these care options with patients.

This program consists of presentations and breakout sessions with thought leaders and palliative care innovators from NJ and around the country to learn best practices to improve care for those who are seriously ill or nearing the end of life.

Who Should Take this Course?

  • Physicians, Physician Assistants

  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners

  • Pharmacists

  • Nursing Home Administrators

  • Chaplains

  • Students

  • Any individual interested in improving the quality of care provided for people with serious illness

Learning Objectives

  • Define palliative care and the impact it has on quality of life for patients and their families

  • Describe the patients who can benefit from palliative care

  • Review tools, resources and best practices for delivering quality care during a serious illness

  • Identify racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in serious illness and the practice of cultural humility

  • Apply an equity lens in discussing and sharing information about end-of-life options, palliative care, and helping patients manage serious illness

  • Incorporate strategies for having effective conversations about options for end-of-life care

  • Explain the provisions of the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (MAiD) in NJ

  • Work with your care team to develop and document care plans that reflect shared decision-making and patient preferences

Course Curriculum

    1. A Paradigm Shift in Caring for People with Serious Illness: A Conversation with Diane E. Meier, MD

    2. Pediatric Palliative Care presented by Susan Dulczak, MSN, PPCNP-BC, CPON, CHPPN

    3. Pain Management and Medication Decisions in EOL Care: Deprescribing and New Options for Patients presented by Mary Bridgeman, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCGP and M. Hamza Habib, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, MRCP

    4. Shared Decision-Making: Discuss, Decide & Document Patient Wishes presented by David Barile, MD

    1. Improving Equity in Serious Illness Care: Ethical, Cultural & Spiritual Concerns presented by Stephen Goldfine, MD and the Gladden Family

    2. Communication Workshop: Facilitating A Conversation About Serious Illness presented by Marianne Holler, DO, FAAHPM

    3. Making Faithful Decisions at the EOL: How to Help Patients Navigate Options presented by Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, Chaplain Tedford J. Taylor, and Katherine Klima, DNP, CNM

    4. Being a Change Agent in Your Community presented by Adelisa Perez-Hudgins, MSN, RN-BC

    1. Medical Aid in Dying in NJ: Current Barriers and Opportunities presented by David R. Grube, MD

    2. Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Medical Aid in Dying but Were Afraid to Ask presented by Matt Whitaker, MTS

    3. Integration of MAiD and Hospice: Caring for the Dying presented by Sonja Richmond, MD

    4. Relieving Provider Stress through Art presented by Leah Kohlenberg

    1. Claim Your Credits

About this course

  • $50.00
  • CME/CE credits: up to 7.5


MD David R. Barile

Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Goals of GOCCNJ, Director of Palliative Medicine Services and Medical Director of the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center

MD Jessica Israel

Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Complete Care.

Accreditation and Credit Designation

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by American Academy of CME, Inc. and Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey. American Academy of CME, Inc. is Jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

American Academy of CME, Inc. designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistants
American Academy of CME, Inc. has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 7.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until December 10, 2023. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
Nurse Practitioners and Nurses
American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this educational activity for 7.5 ANCC contact hours, .5 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours.
This activity provides 7.5 ACPE contact hours (0.75 CEUs) of continuing education credit. Universal Activity Number JA4008191-9999-21-007-L04-P, Application.
On-demand Content
These modules were originally presented as part of an internet live activity on December 9, 2021. Review Date; December 1, 2022.  It will be available online for credit until December 10, 2023. PLEASE NOTE: Learners who participated in the live activity can only claim credit for watching on-demand modules which they have NOT already claimed credit for.

Improving Quality Care for People with Serious Illness



According to the disclosure policy of the Academy, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relationships with any ineligible company(ies). The existence of these relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the activity. Clinical content has been reviewed for fair balance and scientific objectivity, and all of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated. Disclosure of relevant financial relationships are as follows:

Faculty Educators

Diane E. Meier, MD; David R. Barile, MD; Jessica Israel, MD; M. Hamza Habib, MD, FACP, FAAHPM; Stephen Goldfine, MD; Marianne Holler, DO, FAAHPM; Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min; Chaplain Tedford J. Taylor; Katherine M. Klima, DNP, CNM; David R. Grube, MD; Leah Kohlenberg; Adelisa Perez-Hudgins, MSN, RN: No relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Mary Bridgeman, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP — AstraZeneca

Matt Whitaker, MTS MT-BC — Board Member, Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement

Planning Committee

John JD Juchniewicz, MCIS, CHCP, FACEHP, Paul Miniter, MS, Natalie Kirkwood, RN, BSN, JD, American Academy of CME: No relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Lori Feldstein, Beth Hirschman, Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey: No relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Accreditation Steering Committee

David R. Barile, MD; Jessica Israel, MD; Lori Feldstein; Laurie Powsner, MSW, LCSW; Matt Whitaker, MTS, MT-BC; Katherine DeMarco, DNP, MSHS, FNP-BC, APN, ACHPN: No relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

This activity will not review off-label or investigational information.

The opinions expressed in this accredited continuing education activity are those of the faculty, and do not represent those of the Academy or Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey. This educational activity is intended as a supplement to existing knowledge, published information, and practice guidelines. Learners should appraise the information presented critically, and draw conclusions only after careful consideration of all available scientific information.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Instructions on How to Receive Credit

Please register and login to access the course material.

Although there are multiple modules, this is one (1) activity with 1 evaluation for the entire activity. Please wait until you have viewed all the sessions of interest before completing the evaluation.

PLEASE NOTE: Learners who participated in the live activity can only claim credit for watching on-demand modules in this archive which they have NOT already claimed credit for.

Upon completion of the activity evaluation, non-pharmacists will receive their CE certificate via email within 24 hours. Pharmacists will receive a statement of credit will be issued through CPE Monitor in 6-8 weeks. Only pharmacist learners who provided valid NABP e-Profile ID numbers and month and day of birth (MMDD) will be submitted to CPE Monitor for official record of credit.

Last day to view and claim CE credit for this archive is December 10, 2023.

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For nearly 20 years, the Academy—a501(c)(3) not-for profit educational foundation based in NJ—has focused on improving patient heath by adding value to healthcare teams and their members through accredited continuing education designed to increase knowledge, competence/skills, and performance.

Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey

Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the only network of organizations in NJ working together to make certain that patients with serious illness get the care they need and no less, and the care they want and no more. Our membership is comprised of nearly 30 statewide organizations along with strategic partners and academic alliances with leading teaching institutions. We believe human interests, values, and dignity must be at the core of medical decision-making. As such, we aspire to create a standard of care for NJ where people explore their wishes for care towards the end of life, express those wishes, and have their wishes honored. Through research, education and advocacy, our mission is to ensure that policy makers, healthcare providers, patients, and family caregivers have the information, resources, training, and tools they need to promote high-quality, person-centered advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care services.

Improving Quality Care for People with Serious Illness