University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

PalliTALK Practicing Providers Page


A Communication Workshop for Practicing Providers

June 1-2, 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 with Best Case/Worst Case
  • Major transitions in care
  • Family Meetings
  • Responding to emotion


PalliTALK for Practicing Providers Flier


  • Registration Opens Soon!
  • Registration Fee covers all meals including dinner

Cancellation Policy: Any cancellations must be received on or before April 15 to avoid cancellation fees. FULL CHARGES and NO REFUNDS will be made for cancellations received after April 15. Substitutions may be made to avoid the cancellation fee.


A guest room block has been reserved at



Provided by

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Medicine

University of Wisconsin – Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP)




In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of ___ AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) & Iowa Board of Nursing
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of ___ ANCC and Iowa contact hours.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. A copy of the evaluation(s) may be sent to the Iowa Board of Nursing, 400 SW 8th St., Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Continuing Education Units
The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for ___ continuing education units (CEUs) or ___ hours.


___ AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

___ ANCC Contact Hours

___ Iowa Board of Nursing Contact Hours

___ University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours

Who Should Attend

This CE activity is for Practicing Providers (if you are a fellow, please register for the fellow course instead). PalliTALK is designed for physicians, PAs, NPs, RNs, social workers, and other providers who are interested in developing 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

Schedule of Events

See registration website

Faculty/Planning Committee

Toby Campbell, MD, MSCI

Associate Professor
Chief of Palliative Care
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

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Director
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



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