RESPECT Conference Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Caring for the Complex Patient

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Date & Location
Friday, March 2, 2018 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM   Ritz Charles, Carmel, IN

Care Management, Counseling, Family Practice, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pain Management, Pastoral Care, Pediatrics, Social Work


Directly Provided - Courses

The annual, “Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Caring for the Complex Patient,” hosted by
the IUPUI RESPECT Signature Center. 

Registration is now open! The call for posters is now open, too. Posters abstracts are due January 19, 2018, 5pm EST.

March 1, 2018*

March 2, 2018

Pre-conference workshop: IU Talk
12:30-4:30 pm
Regenstrief Institute, 1101 W. 10thStreet
Indianapolis, IN 46202

All-day conference: Let’s Talk Palliative Care
7:30 am-4:00 pm
Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St.
Carmel, IN 46032

The conference will offer:

  • Keynote Speaker by national expert, Dr. Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues from across the region
  • Sessions featuring regional experts focused on Pediatric, Oncology and Geriatric Palliative and EOL Care issues
  • Posters displaying novel clinical program, quality improvement projects, or research related to palliative and end-of-life care.

*Pre-conference:  IU Talk

IU Talk, which is powered by VitalTalk ( provides a supportive venue for considering ways to better manage difficult conversations. This half-day workshop will be experiential, with each participant working in a small group to navigate some challenging cases. At the end of the half-day, each participant will take away new tech­niques to help nurture healthier relationships with patients and families. We look for­ward to bringing our workshop to the RESPECT conference! Up to 24 seats available. A minimum number of registrants is required to offer this course. Registrants will be notified on February 1st if the minimum class size has not been met Registration fees will be refunded if course is canceled. Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Nursing Education are available for this session.


A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Young Professionals or Students working or studying palliative and end-of-life care, compliments of the Woltman Family Communication Program. 

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for clergy working in healthcare, compliments of the Daniel E. Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare

Additional information and scholarship application is available at:­ence.html.The submission deadline for scholarship applications is Jan 19, 2018, 5:00 pm. EST

Call for Posters:

Attendees are invited to submit poster abstracts highlighting their clinical program, quality improvement projects, or research related to palliative and end-of-life care. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference venue and will be highlighted during the conference breaks. Poster guidelines can be found at Submission Deadline: January 19, 2018, 5:00 pm EST.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Describe best practices in palliative and hospice care for improving care of patients with serious illness.
  2. Discuss strategies to incorporate new and innovative techniques for caring for patients with serious illness of all ages;
  3. Identify current challenges and opportunities in the field of palliative care.


The Indiana University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Indiana University School of Medicine has been approved by the Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board to provide Category I Continuing Education program.  This activity qualifies for 11.0 Category I CEU as outlined by the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Indiana University Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-412, 6/1/2019) Nurses will be granted 7.25 contact hours for time in attendance and submission of an evaluation.

Indiana University Health, Indianapolis had been approved by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency to sponsor Category I Continuing Education for Psychology. This program provides a maximum of 7.25 contact hours. Continuing education units are pending for Healthcare Chaplaincy and will be updated when approved. 

*Note: 4 credits designated to the preconference workshop and 7 credits designated to the conference for Social Work and CME credits.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact the CME office at 317-274-0104 or One week advance notice will allow us to provide seamless access. Please ensure to specify the accommodations you need in order to participate.