Palliative Care Conference

"6th Annual Palliative Care Conference"

Molloy College, in collaboration with FEGS Health and Human Services and a network of community partners, is pleased to be offering its sixth Palliative Care Conference on Long Island. The conference will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Madison Theater in the Public Square building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus (please note the change in venue from previous years). The agenda for the day will include Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bernard Lee, Associate Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, a series of topics offered during two concurrent sessions, lunch and a Closing Session. The following is the information on the this yera's conference:

This year's conference will focus on the new developments in this growing and dynamic field. Experts from medicine, nursing, pastoral care, child life and social work will present the latest advancements in the fields of symptom management, ethics and communication, staff self-care and bereavement. Clinicians from across the continuum will engage participants in discussions about best practices and barriers, to timely excellent palliative care in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice organizations. As always, the main objective of this year's conference is for the participants to come away with new tools to provide professional, competent, compassionate care to patients and their families. At this year's conference we will again provide clinicians from all disciplines with a wide variety of palliative care topics, presented by an outstanding group of speakers.

Who should attend the conference?

The intended audience includes: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Clergy, Psychiatrists, Therapists (including music, physical, recreational and occupational), Dietitians, EMTs, teachers, students and volunteers.


8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast and Check-in
9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m Welcome
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon Concurrent Sessions l
12 noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m Concurrent Sessions ll
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m Closing Session and Concluding Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bernard Lee, Associate Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. His topic will be on conducting family meetings.

As Associate Chief Medical Officer of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, Dr. Bernard Lee works with a large team of hospice and palliative care practitioners, including physicians, nurses and physician assistants to provide expert, end-of-life care, as well as pain and symptom management to patients throughout the Greater New York City area.

Dr. Lee also is a palliative care attending physician within Montefiore Medical Center's palliative care inpatient unit and consult service, as well as a teaching attending at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in palliative care and family medicine. Prior to joining MJHS Hospice, he served as Senior Medical Director for Compassionate Care Hospice and as Bronx Hospice Medical Director for Continuum Hospice Care. He also worked as a family medicine attending physician at Montefiore.

Concurrent Sessions

Conference participants will be able to pick from a variety of topics presented during two concurrent sessions: from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 9-10 topics will be offered in each session. Click here for a listing of the Concurrent Session topics and speakers. Most of the session descriptions and speaker bios are also listed and the rest should be finalized by mid-February.

Participants will be asked to pre-register for the topics that they would like to attend since seating will be limited in most of the sessions.  If you registered prior to the concurrent sessions being listed you will be contacted to register for the concurrent sessions. 

Closing Session

2013 Oscar nominated documentary "Monday's at Racine" will be featured at the closing session of this year's Palliative Care Conference. Rachel Demolfetto and Cynthia Sansone founders of the program will have a question and answer period after the viewing. In addition, they will be providing simple deserts during the afternoon break in the Public Square.  A trailer of the film is available at:  

Conference Brochure

The conference brochure is available for download by clicking here. If you have previously attended the conference you will automatically be mailed the brochure in late February. To be mailed a brochure or to be placed on the mailing list for future conferences please contact Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or by email at


Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that you should also choose your Concurrent Session selections when you register. You may also phone in your registration by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Visa, or purchase order information. To register in-person, by fax, or mail visit our registration page. Click here and follow the directions. You will need the following registration information:

Course Number: NUC 1000; Section: A; Date: May 2, 2014

Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration, until April 25- $95
Late registration, after April 25, or at the door - $115
Full-time students (must include copy of student ID) - $25
Molloy Faculty and Staff - no charge (please use your Molloy email address as your contact email when registering)


The conference check-in, breakfast and Opening and Closing Sessions will be held in the Madison Theater in the Public Square building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York 11571. Click here for directions to the campus and a campus map.

Sponsorship/Exhibit Opportunities

Exhibit table space will be available in the Public Square Lobby. Exhibits are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.. For information on available sponsorship opportunities and exhibit space click here, or contact Louis Cino at or at 516.323.3554.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit

Molloy College is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours
2 contact hours will be awarded for the main conference and 1.2 for each concurrent session for a total of 4.4 contact hours if you attend each session of the conference.

Social Work Continuing Education Credit

Molloy College is an approved provider of Social Work continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The approval for this program is pending for 5 CEUs.

Music Therapy Continuing Education Credit (CMTE)

Molloy College is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). This program qualifies for 6 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Individuals should submit this as an umbrella short event on their certification paperwork. Molloy College maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Palliative Care Conference Planning Committee

Molloy College would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the Palliative Care Conference Planning Committee for all the work they did in brining this conference from concept to reality. Please click here for a list of the committee members.


If you have any questions regarding the conference, please call 516.323.3554 or email:

Please check back for detailed information about the conference, which will be posted as it becomes available. This site was updated on 3/10/14.

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