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A Communication Workshop for Palliative Care Fellows

Fall 2020
The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706

A simulation-based workshop to vault your communication skills to the expert level in common and challenging scenarios with seriously ill patients and families.

Return home with several new skills, an individualized learning plan, and increased confidence in:

  • Serious news discussions
  • Dealing with conflict
  • High risk shared decision making wtih Best Case/Worst Case
  • Major transitions in care
  • Family Meetings
  • Responding to emotion


  • Registration Opens Summer 2020

NOTE: Please do not register for this course unless you are able to stay for the entirety (the course ends at 1:00 pm on Wednesday). Learning occurs in small groups and it is essential that all members participate for the full course.

Early Bird Rate:  

After September 15: 

Registration fee includes all meals at the Pyle and the group dinner on Monday night.

Cancellation Policy: Any cancellations must be received on or before October 7 to avoid cancellation fees. FULL CHARGES and NO REFUNDS will be made for cancellations received after October 7. Substitutions may be made to avoid the cancellation fee.


A guest room block has been reserved at


Phone:    and mention: PalliTALK
Room Rate:
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Who Should Attend

This course is for Fellows (if you are a practicing provider, please register for the provider course). PalliTALK is designed for fellows who are interested in deveoping their communication skills.

Learning Objectives

After completing the PalliTALK workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize emphatic communication as a set of skills that can be practiced and improved upon
  • Reflect on their own communication strategies in the moment in order to adapt their style to best match an individual patient and context
  • Identify several communication frameworks, such as SPIKES and NURSE and Best Case/Worst Case, and to assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses
  • Define verbal and nonverbal forms of communication and understand how to use each most effectively
  • Describe the role that effective communication plays in improving patient outcomes
  • Build relationships with interprofessional regional colleagues who attend PalliTALK
  • Unlock creativity and spontaneity even in moments of stress



Faculty/Planning Committee

Toby Campbell, MD, MSCI

Associate Professor
Chief of Palliative Care
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Director
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Elise C. Carey, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Palliative Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Molly Feely, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Program Director Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Lyle Fettig, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Sara K. Johnson, MD

Assistant Professor, Palliative Medicine
School of Medicine & Public Health
University of Wisconsin

Drew A Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM

Medical Director - Palliative Care, University of Minnesota Health
Program Director - Hospice & Palliative Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Gordon J. Wood, MD, MSCI, FAAHPM

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Palliative Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Associate Medical Director and Martha L. Twaddle Chair in Palliative Medicine, JourneyCare

Amy Zelenski, PhD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Matt Kronberger, MS

Palliative Care Education Coordinator
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


    For more information contact:
    Matt Kronberger, MS
    Palliative Care Education Coordinator