Confronting Cancer: Dialogue After Diagnosis

Des Moines, IA US
April 25, 2011


This program intends to educate the community about communication between physicians and their patients, particularly when physicians need to reveal difficult news. This conference is held annually to educate people about different aspects of cancer, and this program will thus focus on giving and receiving news about cancer. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Walter Baile, will share his insight on this topic, and a panel of cancer survivors, family members and patient supporter will share their personal experiences.

Target Audience

Des Moines University students, staff, and faculty, Des Moines area physicians, nurses, social workers, other medical professionals, and the community.


Upon conclusion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication with patients and family members.
  • Consider the patient's perspective of a life-altering diagnosis.
  • Facilitate communication between the patient and health care provider.


5:30 pmRegistration
6 pmDinner
6:30 pm

Giving Bad News: Is it a Skill and Can it be Taught? A View from the World of Cancer Care

  • Walter F. Baile, M.D
7:30 pm

Patient Panel of Patients, Family Members, and Palliative Caregivers

  • Shari Guenther, MSW, social worker for Mercy oncology unit
  • Lynzee Head, D.O.'14, cancer survivor
  • Tompsie Smith, chaplain
  • Timothy Steele, Ph.D., cancer survivor
  • Mikayla Rietgraf, pediatric cancer survivor
  • Deanna Rietgraf, mother of Mikayla
9 pmAdjourn

Keynote Speaker

Walter F. Baile, M.D.
Professor, department of behavioral science, division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences; Director, program for interpersonal communication and relationship enhancement (I*CARE), faculty development, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 2.50 AOA Category 2­B
    • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 3.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    04/25/2011 - 6:00pm CDT
    Event ends: 
    04/25/2011 - 9:00pm CDT
    Des Moines University
    3200 Grand Avenue
    Medical Education Center
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    United States

    Continuing Education Credit

    • ACCME: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with The Essential Areas and Policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through joint sponsorship of Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Polk County Medical Society. Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines is accredited by the Iowa Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • AOA: Des Moines University continuing education and the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 2.5 hours of AOA Category 2-B CME credits.
    • IBON: Des Moines University continuing education (provider #112) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing as an accredited provider. This program has been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education contact hours.
    • Other: Attendees will receive 2.5 continuing education contact hours.

    Available Credit

    • 2.50 AOA Category 2­B
    • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 3.00 IBON


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