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Palliative Care: Can You Believe This Family? A Discussion of Clinicians’ Moral Distress When Surrogates Choose Plans That They Don’t Like

January 13, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Palliative Care and Comprehensive Cancer Support Programs (CCSP)

CCSP/Palliative Care Grand Rounds


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.


January 13

Josh Dowd, MD

Can You Believe This Family? A Discussion of Clinicians’ Moral Distress When Surrogates Choose Plans That They Don’t Like


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Josh is a hospice and palliative medicine physician at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC, providing both community-based palliative care and inpatient palliative care as part of the consult team at the WakeMed hospitals in Raleigh and Cary. He is also the physician lead for the HEARTS@HOME program at Transitions LifeCare, a nurse-led home-based program in partnership with two heart failure groups in the Triangle specifically for patients living with advanced heart failure. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at University of Michigan and fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine here at University of North Carolina. He is passionate about always learning more about how to provide the best possible evidence-based specialty palliative care to all patients and their families and sharing that knowledge with others. His interests outside of work include craft beer and homebrewing, cooking, listening to hip hop and classic soul, reading, cheering for his hometown Boston professional sports teams and University of Michigan collegiate teams, and spending time with his family. He lives in Durham with his wife, 9-month-old daughter, and miniature schnauzer Ringo.
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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.)

Disclosure statement
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.


January 13, 2021
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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