Vital Talk: Breaking Bad News and Goals of Care Communication Workshop

Wilkes-Barre, PA US
October 30, 2023
This full day workshop is intended to provide you the skills to face common communication issues and challenges in caring for patients with advanced illness.  Our goal is to help you develop new skills and solidify old ones so that you are more effective in breaking bad news and exploring end of life care decisions. The 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
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: 
    • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 5.00 Participation Credit
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    10/30/2023 - 8:30am EDT
    Event ends: 
    10/30/2023 - 4:00pm EDT
    Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GEMS)
    6 Wildflower Drive
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
    United States
    Activity Director
    Ion Dan Bucaloiu, MD
    Nephrology, Certified
    Vital Talk Instructor


    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 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    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

    • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 5.00 Participation Credit


    There are no more spaces available for this course.