Breaking Bad News and Goals of Care Powered by Vital Talk

Lewistown, PA US
April 22, 2024
This is a live, in-person educational activity. Vital talk training targets clinicians who work with serious illness and make critical decisions with patients.  This full day course involves a mixture of didactic lectures, small group discussions and time to practice the skills with patients and families.   

Target Audience

 This activity is intended to train clinicians, physicians nurse practitioners and physicians assistants to give bad news and match treatment recommendations to individual goals in the setting of advanced illness. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • construct a Headline prior to speaking to patient/surrogate
  • implement Ask-Tell-Ask framework of communication
  • demonstrate empathy using N.U.R.S.E. mnemonic skills
  • build proficiency in using the REMAP tool for complex conversations re: end of life goals of care
Refund Policy
A full refund will be given for any cancellations received up to one week prior to the course.  No refunds for no-shows. 
Course Cancellation Policy
In the unusual circumstance that this course is cancelled, you will be called and/or emailed, and any tuition fees received would be refunded in full.  Geisinger is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred.
Your attendance will be recorded within three to four days of the conclusion of the activity on your continuing education transcript.  
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 6.00 ANCC
    • 6.00 Approved for AMA Credit
    • 6.00 Contact Hours
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    04/22/2024 - 7:00am EDT
    Event ends: 
    04/22/2024 - 5:00pm EDT
    8:30 AM
    Welcome and Introduction
    8:40 AM
    Small Group: Goal Setting
    9:00 AM
    Overview Talk: Giving Bad News
    9:30 AM
    9:45 AM
    10:00 AM
    Practice Case 1
    10:50 AM
    11:00 AM
    Practice Case 2
    11:50 AM
    Group Recap
    12:00 PM
    Lunch Break
    1:00 PM
    Small Group: Goal Setting
    1:10 PM 
    Overview Talk: Goals of Care-REMAP
    1:25 PM
    Video and Debrief
    1:40 PM 
    1:45 PM
    Group Practice GOC RE
    2:45 PM
    2:50 PM
    Group Practice GOC MAP and VALUES
    3:50 PM
    Group Recap
    4:15 PM
    Evaluations and Adjournment
    Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
    400 Highland Ave
    Lewistown, PA 17044
    United States


    Classroom 3:
    Enter through main entrance (C) into lobby, make a left and take TAN elevator to 3rd floor.  Make left, go up the steps and turn left and proceed down the hall, through the door.  Classroom 3 will be on the right.
    Activity Director
    Ion Dan Bucaloiu, MD
    Certified Vital Talk Instructor
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Daniel Davis, MD
    Associate Chief Clinical Ethics and Healthcare Communications
    System Clinical Operations
    Geisinger Medical Center 
    Stephanie Long, BS
    Program Coordinator
    Communications Training
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Samantha Norton, MFA
    Education Specialist
    Community Training 
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Nicole Woll, PhD, MEd
    Vice Dean, Faculty and Professional Development
    Executive Director, Geisinger
    Academy of Educators
    Geisinger Medical Center


    In support of improving patient care, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 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.




    Credit Designation 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this activity for 6 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 6 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.




    Disclosure Policy 

    Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activity sponsored by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s). 


    Available Credit

    • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 6.00 ANCC
    • 6.00 Approved for AMA Credit
    • 6.00 Contact Hours


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