Center for Professional Development

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

Course ID: EOLHR

2-day course
14 contact hours each course


March 7-8, 2018


Hyatt Regency
2 Albany St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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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.

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. BJ Miller, Jr.


BJ MillerDr. 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.


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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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