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October 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Welcome to CCSP/Palliative Care Grand Rounds
The Palliative Care and Comprehensive Cancer Support Programs (CCSP) co-organize weekly presentations on the care of seriously ill patients and their families, including individuals living with cancer, relevant to interdisciplinary clinicians. Individual topics address pain and symptom management, communication approaches with patients and families, strategies to facilitate coping and support, quality improvement and research in these disciplines.
Sean Gaffney, MD, HPM Fellow
What’s the Prognosis? Dealing With Uncertainty as a Trainee
BIO: Sean grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and maintains a fervent love for all things Cleveland. He studied Philosophy and Economics as an undergraduate at Notre Dame. After graduation, he spent two years teaching at a high school in Brownsville, Texas while completing a Masters in Education through Notre Dame’s ACE program. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in health care and made the transition to a career in medicine by starting medical school at the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, Sean met his lovely wife, Katie. Given Katie’s aversion to winter, Sean was very happy to match at UNC for Internal Medicine residency.
Sean’s interest in palliative care can be traced to his early encounters with relationship formation in the midst of suffering – both while working with homeless individuals at a Catholic Worker community in Chicago and while teaching at a secondary school in Uganda. During residency, he discovered that these same authentic relationships were most often formed when caring for seriously ill patients and their families.
Having had the chance to work with past fellows and to train directly with the incredible palliative care faculty at UNC, it was an easy choice to stay at UNC for fellowship. The additional chance to work directly with Transitions LifeCare was a cherry on top.
During fellowship, Sean plans to continue research related to code status communication that he started during residency. After fellowship, Sean hopes to remain in academic medicine to continue his passion for teaching and to expand effective communication training. If the opportunity presents itself, Sean would love to be part of reorganizing the health care system to provide patients earlier, broader access to palliative care.
In his free time, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife and new baby, Maya. He hikes whatever trails he can find, loves pick-up basketball, and recently developed a new hobby of trying to keep tomato plants alive.
The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Continuing Medical Education Statement
The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC Boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and respiratory therapists. Other health care providers may also be able to use these certificates, depending on their particular license requirements. (License requirements are subject to change. Participants should check with their licensing boards for specific questions. UNC and its partners are not responsible for changes in license requirements.)
This activity has been planned and implemented under the sole supervision of the course director and planning committee, in association with the UNC Office of Continuing Professional Development (UNC CPD). The course director, planning committee, presenters, and CPD staff have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as defined by the ACCME.
Please visit the CCSP/Palliative Care Grand Rounds calendar page to view upcoming events.