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November 18 @ 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.
Ashley Allen, MD HPM Fellow
Sickle Cell Disease: A Primer for the Palliative Care Clinician
BIO: Ashley was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon and continues to love all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She went to undergrad in the lovely San Diego at USD, then spent a year as an Americorps member back in Oregon working with youth in a healthcare pipeline program. She then started her journey east and went to medical school in the frigid Rochester, MN. While there, she took a year off and got her Master’s in Public Health (with a focus on Maternal & Child Health) at UNC, where she met her now husband Justin and fell in love in the quaint town of Carrboro. After graduating from medical school, Ashley decided she hadn’t had enough of the Midwest winters and completed a residency in Med/Peds at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While there, she raised her two kitties (Sam & Cam), got married and had a baby girl named Ava.
Her interest in Palliative Care began in medical school where she found herself drawn to the challenging, intense, emotionally powerful, and significant interactions with patients and families surrounding end of life issues. This interest continued during residency during electives in Palliative Care on both the pediatric and adult sides. While in training, Ashley spent a month in Uganda doing a Palliative Care needs assessment and developing culturally appropriate palliative care guidelines for the Bwindi Community Hospital. Ashley’s interests in Hospice & Palliative Medicine include global palliative care and using her training to create a ‘medical home’ for young adults with complex and life-limiting illness. She is not exactly sure what she wants to do after fellowship; but would love to incorporate these interests while working with a medically underserved population.
Ashley chose UNC for fellowship because after her interview she kept comparing every subsequent place to the experience she’d had at UNC. The people she met at UNC were passionate, kind, and down to earth and she felt like she belonged. Additionally, she loved the global health opportunities, the flexibility to incorporate more pediatrics time, and the incredible Transitions Hospice. Bonus that North Carolina offers a more preferred climate than the Midwest!
Ashley’s interests include spending time with family – whom she convinced to move to NC from Oregon (though she is sure the new grandbaby helped), swimming, reading books for pleasure, trying out new recipes and traveling the world when COVID isn’t making her quarantine. She loves to meet new people and have new experiences and is looking forward to this next chapter!
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.