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About

Converging Roads is a regional conference series offering continuing education for health care professionals that equips them to practice the highest ethical and medical standards of their profession.

Converging Roads provides health care professionals, chaplains, students, and administrators with the most up-to-date training in health care ethics enabling them to more effectively care for their patients. An initiative of the St. John Paul II Foundation, Converging Roads is deeply rooted in the Catholic moral tradition and is presented in multiple local or regional conferences.  

Health care professionals receive continuing medical education credits, insight from national level speakers, and the opportunity for networking with local health care professionals.

Converging Roads™ is an initiative of the St. John Paul II Foundation and presented in collaboration with the Diocese of Worcester and the Massachusetts Catholic Conference.

 
 

WHEN
Monday, October 23, 2017
8:45AM – 6:15PM

WHERE
Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609

REGISTRATION FEE
Fee includes CME/CNE credits, breakfast, lunch, and wine & cheese reception: 

Physician/Physician Assistant  $159
Nurse Practitioner $139
Nurse $139
General Admission (other health care professionals)* $79
General Admission (non-health care professionals)* $79
Medical resident, clergy and religious* $69
Scholarship rate for medical and nursing students* $10

Ministry Registration (including CME/CNE credits) $170
Ministry Registration (not including CME/CNE credits)* $100
Vendor Registration (including CME/CNE credits) $220
Vendor Registration (not including CME/CNE credits)* $150

*Not eligible for CME/CNE credits

For More Information Contact:
Susie Lopez, Conference Coordinator
832-779-1070
susie@forlifeandfamily.org


Topics

Catholic Health Care Proxy: How Should Catholics Prepare?
- Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (candidate)

Shepherding from Death into Life
-Sr. Suzanne Gross, F.S.E.

Panel on Ethical & Legal Trends in Physician Assisted Suicide
-Henry Luthin, J.D.; Bill Toffler, M.D.; and Marie Hilliard, J.C.L., Ph.D., R.N.

The Ethical and Religious Directives on Care for the Dying
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Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, D.D., S.T.D.

Alleviating Suffering Through Palliative Care, Pain Management and Hospice Care
-
Natalie Rodden, M.D.

Clinical & Ethical Aspects of End of Life Care:  Case Study Presentations
-Bill Toffler, M.D.

The Health Care Worker in an Era of Secular Medical Ethics
(with a focus on the issue of Physician Assisted Suicide)
-Marie T. Hilliard, J.C.L., Ph.D., R.N.

 
 

Speakers

 
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Sr. Suzanne Gross, F.S.E
Pro-Life Ministry, Archdiocese of Hartford

Marie T. Hilliard, J.C.L., Ph.D., R.N.
Ethicist and Canonist, National Catholic Bioethics Center

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Henry C. Luthin, J.D.
Attorney

 
 
 
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Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, D.D., S.T.D.
Bishop, Diocese of Worcester

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Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (candidate)
President, St. John Paul II Foundation

Natalie Rodden, M.D.
Palliative Medicine Physician, St. Anthony North Health Campus, Westminster, CO

 
 
 

Bill Toffler, M.D.
Professor of Family Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University

 
 

Schedule

Registration/Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sacrament of Reconciliation

Mass - Chapel
Celebrant: Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, D.D., S.T.D.

Registration/Breakfast

Opening Comments

The Ethical and Religious Directives on Care for the Dying
Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, D.D., S.T.D.

Alleviating Suffering Through Palliative Care, Pain Management and Hospice Care
Natalie Rodden, M.D.

Break

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Clinical & Ethical Aspects of End of Life Care: Case Study Presentations
Bill Toffler, M.D

Hippocratic Oath Luncheon including Presentation

The Health Care Worker in an Era of Secular Medical Ethics (with a focus on the issue of Physician Assisted Suicide)
Marie Hilliard, M.A., M.S., J.C.L., Ph.D.

Break

Catholic Health care Proxy: How Should Catholics Prepare?
Arland K. Nichols, Ph.D. (candidate)

Shepherding from Death into Life
Sr. Suzanne Gross, F.S.E.

Break

Panel on Ethical & Legal Trends in Physician Assisted Suicide
Henry Luthin, J.D.,  Bill Toffler, M.D. and Marie Hilliard, M.A., M.S., J.C.L., Ph.D.

Closing Remarks

Wine & Cheese Reception

 

7:00 am


7:30 am
 

8:15 am

8:45 am

9:00-10:00 am
 

10:05 – 11:05 am
 

11:05 – 11:20 am

11:00 – 1:00 pm

11:20 – 12:20 pm
 

12:30 – 1:30 pm

1:00 – 1:30 pm
 

1:30 – 1:45 pm 

1:45 – 2:45 pm
 

2:50 – 3:50 pm
 

3:50– 4:00 pm  

4:00 – 5:00 pm
 

5:00 – 5:15 pm

5:15-6:15 pm



End of Life Issues Online Registration


Presented By

 

If you are interested in sponsoring Converging Roads 2017, please contact Susie Lopez at susie@forlifeandfamily.org.


Continuing Education Credits

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and St. John Paul II Foundation. Christian Medical & Dental Associations is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AMA Designation Statement
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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    Nurse Practitioner
    The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.

    Nurse practitioners may receive up to 6.5 credits for completing this activity.

    Physician Assistant
    AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. by an organization accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive up to 6.5 credits for completing this activity.

     Nursing
    This activity has been submitted to the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN ) for approval to award contact hours. AAOHN is an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    Educational Objectives

    • Identify the principles of care expected at end of life by a Catholic health care professional. 
    • Define palliative care.  Describe pain management regimens which help relieve suffering most effectively at the end of life. 
    • Identify the unique aspects of end of life care. Describe the ethical dilemmas that arise and how they can be addressed.
    • Discuss the secular medical ethics of today; Describe the challenges medical professionals face in this relativistic environment; Identify physician assisted suicide as a symptom of this problem. 
    • Distinguish between living will and medical power of attorney and describe the ethical concerns arising from their use or lack thereof. Indicate how DNR and POLST impacts the course of treatment and care offered to patients.
    • Identify and describe the relevant spiritual considerations that arise in the clinical environment. Explain the impact of spiritual care on the medical prognosis of the patient.
    • Discuss the legal trends of assisted physician suicide in the U.S. and Massachusetts.  Identify the ethical issues involved in physician assisted suicide.