Current Challenges in Managing Pain and Palliative Care

Friday, October 18, 20197:30am to 3:00pm
This multi-disciplinary CME course provides primary and subspecialty clinicians with an opportunity to learn key interventions to impact patient outcomes and improve the quality of life for patients with chronic and/or serious diagnoses. Expert physicians and clinicians from Mountainside Medical Center and the Hackensack Meridian Health network will discuss the integration of pain and palliative services across disciplines.
Upon completion of the conference, the attendees will be able to:
  1. Integrate the concepts and principles of Palliative Care in to the patient-centered care of their patients.
  2. Counsel patients on the differences between POLST and an Advance Directive and use the gained knowledge to help patients establish one or both as part of their plan of care.
  3. Improve their communication skills regarding Palliative Care with both patients/families and other care providers.
  4. Describe a basic understanding of opioid medications and their role in pain management.
  5. More effectively manage substance use in pain management and be able to recommend alternative therapies in practice.
  6. Explain the concepts of care for nutritionally challenged Palliative Care patients.
Registration Fees:
Mountainside Medical Center Physicians Affiliated and Allied Health Professionals: $20
Hackensack Meridian Health Network Affiliated Physicians and Health Professionals: $20
Others: $35
Breakfast, Lunch & refreshments will be served.
A confirmation letter will be mailed to you after registration and payment have been processed.
Course Director
John A. Conti, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Medical Director, Cancer Center
The conference targets Family Practice, Internal Medicine, OB/GYNs and Allied Health Professionals.
The activity has now been approved for 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 2.00 hour meets the requirements for Opioid/Pain Management.*
Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.00 hours meet the requirements for Palliative Care.*
Presenter Lecture
Jose A. Contreras, M.D., FAAHPM
Chair, Pain & Palliative Medicine Institute
Hackensack University Medical Center
Palliative Care 101
Kevin J Berg, M.D., FAAFP
Program Director
Mountainside Medical Center
Family Medicine Residency
Medical Director
Mountainside Family Practice Group
Associate Director
Mountainside Medical Center
Graduate Medical Education
Assistant Professor
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Cannabinoids in Palliative Care
Hannah I. Lipman, M.D.
Director, Bioethics
Hackensack University Medical Center
Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
POLST and Advance Directives
Oleg Shulik, M.D.
Gastroenterology Division
Advanced Diagnostic
and Innovative Therapeutic Endoscopy 
Mountainside Medical Center
Nutrition in the Palliative Care Setting
Lesli Miller MSN, A.P.N., BCEN, ACHPN
Advanced Practice Nurse
Palliative Care
Mountainside Medical Center
Palliative Care Communication Techniques: Practical Tools
Francine Hoh, Ph.D., A.P.N., ACHPN
Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist
Basics of Pain Management for the Non-Pain Specialist
Mona Nashed, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator
Mountainside Medical Center
Opioids: Basic Pharmacology, Indications and Appropriate Use
Jonathan Hertz, M.D., MPH
Medical Director, Behavioral Health
Mountainside Medical Center

Challenges in the Treatment of Pain in Patients
with Substance Use Disorders

Ashish Khanna, M.D.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mountainside Medical Center
Kessler Institute For Rehabilitation
Alternatives to Opioids for Palliative Care
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Event Location: 
Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center Auditorium
1 Bay Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042