Integrating Palliative Care into Comprehensive Cancer Care

Des Moines, IA US
March 3, 2016



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Target Audience

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.


  • Distinguish hospice from palliative care
  • Identify system processes and structure that support the delivery of palliative care to patients and families
  • List communication techniques to facilitate delivering the prognosis involving palliative and hospice care.


Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, is the Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospice and Palliative Medicine for OhioHealth, working to create a palliative medicine program that will set the standard for the integration of palliative care across the entire health system, while also establishing a comprehensive medical education program in palliative care for new physicians and staff to ensure and sustain OhioHealth’s program for the long term.

A leader in palliative medicine, Dr. von Gunten is known for developing an early model of hospital-based palliative care that has been the basis for those developed in the 60% of the nation’s hospitals that now report palliative care programs. In addition, he played a lead role in developing and achieving formal recognition of the subspecialty of palliative medicine. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the journal of record for the new medical subspecialty of palliative medicine.

Dr. von Gunten is the Chairman, Test Committee, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties. He is a past President of the American Association for Cancer Education. He is Co-Principal for the Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) Project and its revision for oncology, EPEC-O. He received a life-time achievement award from the American Academy for Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2011 when he was only 54 years old. In the same year, he was also named a ‘top doctor’ in U.S.News and World Report. Dr. von Gunten has been particularly interested in the integration of hospice and palliative care into academic medicine. He has published and spoken widely on the subjects of hospice, palliative medicine, and pain and symptom control.

Dr. von Gunten received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Brown University in 1978. He then earned a PhD in Biochemistry and his medical degree with honors from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1988. He subsequently pursued residency training in Internal Medicine, followed by subspecialty training in Hematology/Oncology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dr. von Gunten indicated he has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

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). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 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) and approves this activity for 1.0 hour of Category 2-A CME credit(s).
  • Nurse: Des Moines University Continuing Medical Education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.2 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.20 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/03/2016 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
03/03/2016 - 8:00am
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.20 IBON


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