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Hospice & Palliative Care


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Noelle Marie C. Javier, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

Anup Bharani, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

Purpose: The overall goal of this webinar is to provide useful strategies in the practice of effective and empathic communication around SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) information for all patients and, most especially, the older LGBTQ adult. It is incredibly important that to do so, and all clinical and non-clinical staff need to understand and recognize the lived experiences of this population and mitigate implicit biases towards them. In so doing, we thereby provide care in a manner of inclusivity through the delivery of high quality holistic and humanistic geriatric, palliative, hospice, and end-of-life care. This will be a step further in normalizing conversations, opening minds and hearts, and creating a shift in the culture of utmost acceptance.


  1. Recognize and define basic terms, constructs, and concepts affecting the lived experiences of the LGBTQ population
  2. Discuss key points in the multidimensional approach to high-quality geriatric, palliative, hospice, and end-of-life care for this population
  3. Apply effective and inclusive strategies in the areas of empathic, sensitive, and normalized communication eliciting routine SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression) information to all patients and navigating relevant challenges

Target Audience: Primary care providers, nurse practitioners, palliative care specialists, pain specialists, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, social workers, allied health professionals, fellows, residents, and medical students

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form
  3. Successful completion of a posttest; 80% passing grade (mandatory to receive CE credit for social workers)

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Continuing Education Accreditation

Nurses: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0242.

Individual: Free (includes CE certificate)

Release Date: August 20, 2019

Expiration Date: April 18, 2022 (for non-physicians); April 17, 2024 (for nurses); January 31, 2025 (for NYS Social Workers)

Noelle Marie C. Javier, MD, and Anup Bharani, MD, have no disclosures.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, has indicated a relationship with Tabula Rasa for research support. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Lara Dhingra, PhD
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FT
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Location: Online at

The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is pleased to offer our free interdisciplinary webinar series, live and on demand, delivered by frontline experts, typically offering 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for Continuing Medical Education (CME), Nursing continuing education (CE), Social Work CE credits, and Music Therapy CE edits.

Our free interactive multimedia modules on Community-Based Palliative Care Program Development  and Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at End of Life  offer up to 9.75 CE credits.

Free pdf downloads now available: 15 palliative care professional factsheets and patient education handouts on 18 topics in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, French, and Russian.

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