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End-of-Life Care Mini Summit

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

The purpose of the mini-summit is to provide community conversations between medical professionals, social workers, and the general public as they explore and share experiences with end-of-life care.  Each of these groups offer a unique perspective of relieving and lessening pain in someone with a life-limiting condition. The mini-summit will also provide compassion and empathy for others as they cope and experience grief and loss.


FREE: workshops, dinner, and performance ticket to Mercy Killers


Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, other health care providers and the general public.


Deadline to register is March 15th, 2018

Register here.

Continuing Education Credit

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the University of Northern Iowa. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 3.25 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 3.75 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • This conference meets the criteria of the Iowa Board of Social Work & the Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences for 2.75 hours of continuing education credit. This includes Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists.
  • Other Health Professional: This live activity is designated for 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Summit Schedule

4:00pm - Registration and Check-in - GBPAC Lobby

4:30-5:15pm  - Session I:

  1. Caring for the Caregiver with Dr. Michael Deters of Cedar Valley Hospice
  2. Social Implications of Death & Dying with John Fox of Cedar Valley Hospice
  3. Legislative Update with Senator Jeff Danielson

5:30-6:15pm - Session II:

  1. Medical Ethical Decision Making with UNI Associate Professor Francis Degnin
  2. Palliative Care with Dr. Michael Deters of Cedar Valley Hospice              

6:15pm - Dinner offered on the Mezzanine of the GBPAC


7:00pm - Performance of Mercy Killers

A blue collar mechanic struggles with his red state perspective when he discovers the lengths he must go to care for his wife. A detailed and emotional journey, Mercy Killers is an unflinching look at the recent past and possible near future of healthcare in America. LEARN MORE

8:15pm - Bereavement Panel


UNI Associate Professor Francis Degnin

Panel members:

Kathy Huegel, Allen Hospital Social Worker

Dr Michael Deters

Actor, Michael Milligan

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.