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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

18th Annual Pain & Palliative Care Conference

Register now for June 20
On Thursday, June 20, 2024, the 18th Annual Pain & Palliative Care Conference will bring together physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and healthcare professionals to share research and clinical best practices to advance the field of palliative care and improve care for patients with serious illnesses and their loved ones.

Event Details

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Check-in & Exhibits: 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Central Time
Program: 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Central Time

Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
303 E. Huron St., Chicago
Hughes Auditorium
* streaming video option available

Register Agenda

New this year! Select participants will have an opportunity to display a poster at the event.  Please apply to display your poster by May 24.



  • KEYNOTE: What I Have Learned From Your Patients about Quality and Equity?
  • Opiod Use
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Buprenorphine for Cancer Pain
  • Young Adult Patients Transitioning to Adult Care
  • The Origins and Evolution of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Finding a Path to Peace at the End of Life

Confirmed Speakers

  • KEYNOTE: Cindy Barnard, PhD, MBA, MSJS
  • Pamela Floyd, MD, MPH, MDiv
  • Angela Hu, MD
  • Collin Hanson, MD
  • Bryan Jan, MD
  • Emily Peterson, RN
  • Michael Preodor, MD, FACP
  • Melanie Smith, MD
  • Terra Solove, LCSW
  • John Wagner, MD

Conference Fees

General $50
Northwestern Affiliates $30
Students, residents, fellows $20
Industry $250
Virtual Only $20
Note: Virtual option provides a live stream on the day of the event. You may ONLY claim credit for watching the LIVE STREAM.

Target Audience

Nurses, APRNs, physician assistants, physicians, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to integrate quality and equity into the care of people with serious illness.
  • Review existing clinical practices in caring for patients with co-occurring opioid use disorder and cancer pain.
  • Explore risk assessment tools for non-medical opioid use.
  • Provide an overview of using Burprenorphine for the treatment of cancer related pain.
  • Describe special care considerations for young adult palliative care patients transitioning to adult care.
  • Identify the impact of Palliative Medicine on the medical culture in the United States.
  • Provide practical advice for the front-line clinician as they respond to a patients’ and families’ existential needs.

Contact Hours

This activity has been submitted to the Midwest Multistate Division for approval to award contact hours. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Additionally, this activity provides continuing education contact hours for social workers through Northwestern Medicine.

For more information regarding contact hours, please contact

Conference Leadership


paiceJudith Paice, PhD, RN
Cancer Pain Program, Northwestern Medicine
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University


PenateRev. Edward Penate, DMin, BCC
Staff Chaplain for Palliative Care and Spiritual Care & Education
Northwestern Medicine


SzmuilowiczEytan Szmuilowicz, MD
Palliative Medicine
Northwestern Medicine

Additional Information

For additional information about the event, please contact