Center for Professional Development

End-of-Life Conference
Hope and Resilience at the End of Life

Course ID: EOLHR

2-day course
12.5 contact hours


March 7-8, 2018


Hyatt Regency
2 Albany St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Attendee Registration fees:

  • General registration = $700
    (December 1 - Feb 20, 2018)
  • Late registration = $750
    (Feb 21 - March 6, 2018)
  • Onsite registration fee = $800
    (March 7, 2018)
  • Rutgers faculty, alumni registration/Barnabas Health registration/Group registration (4 or more, at the same time)= $600
  • Student = $450

Target Audience:

Presented by an experienced multidisciplinary panel of speakers, the educational opportunity is designed to give attendees the knowledge to:

  1. Summarize the broad spectrum of factors which influence the end-of-life experience for patients and their families.
  2. Define the effects of caring for incurably ill patients on family and professional care providers.
  3. Identify ways to strengthen resilience in caregiving.

Keynote Speakers


Dr. BJ Miller, Jr.

BJ Miller

Dr. BJ Miller, MD
Photo Credit: Todd Hido


Dr. BJ Miller is one of the pre-eminent speakers on patient-centered care, palliative and end-of-life care. Drawing on his expertise as a physician, former Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project, and as a patient, he is an advocate for a healthcare system that maximizes quality of life and that minimizes unnecessary suffering.

His TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” about encouraging empathic end-of-life care, with some discussion on keeping the patient at the center of care, has garnered over 5 and a half million views to date and ranked among the most viewed talks. His story was also featured in the New York Times article, “One Mans Quest to Change the Way We Die” and he was recent guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday talk show in May, 2017.

Dr. Miller also speaks to the therapeutic potential of aesthetics, and how to design for life.
BJ is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and is an attending specialist for the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the country’s very first outpatient palliative care clinics. He is the Dream Foundation Honorary Medical Chair, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults.
BJ was Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project from 2011-2016 where he helped develop and share a pioneering model of human-centered end of life care. He is currently involved with the organization as an advisor.

Raised in Chicago, BJ studied art history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. After several years working in both the art and disability-rights non-profit communities he enrolled at UCSF where he completed his MD as a Regents' Scholar in 2001. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, where he served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, with his clinical duties split between Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Among the various awards received, BJ won the William Osler Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the AAHPM/Project on Death in America Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Jessica Zitter

Jessica Zitter, MD

Jessica Zitter, MD
Photo Credit: Rikki Ward Photography


Dr. Jessica Zitter, practices ICU and Palliative Care at the county hospital in Oakland, California. She is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Huffington Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other publications. Her work is featured in an Oscar and Emmy-nominated short documentary, Extremis, now streaming on Netflix. She regularly lectures and speaks on the radio on the topic of dying in America.


March 7, 2018




Keynote: What Really Matters at the End of Life
Dr. BJ Miller


Concurrent Session




Concurrent Session




Plenary: Grief is a Journey
Dr. Ken Doka


Concurrent Session




Concurrent Session




March 8, 2018




Keynote: A New Kind of Heroism
Dr. Jessica Zitter


Plenary: Loss and Resilience
Dr. Steven Landers




Concurrent Session




Concurrent Session-See below


Plenary: Pop Culture
Katherine DeMarco


Closing Keynote:
End of life care: past, present and future
Dr. Pat Murphy




Concurrent sessions

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This program is co-sponsored by:

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Home Care and Hospice - Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice - RWJBarnabas Health - VNA Healkth Group of New Jersey - A VNA Health Group and RWJBarnabas Health Partnership

A portion of this conference is made possible by the generous support of The Schwimmer Family in memory of their mother, Judith Schwimmer, who dedicated her lifelong career to improving lives through education.


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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and RWJBarnabas Health Home Care & Hospice. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is awarded 12.5 contact hours. (60 minute CH) Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 12.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Approved for 12.5 CE hours for NJ & NY social workers.


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