Demystifying Complex Mechanical Support, Surgical Equipment & Devices in Palliative Care
The intent of this 4-part microlearning flight is to demystify complex mechanical support and other surgical equipment and devices commonly seen in hospice and palliative care patients. Content is focused on presenting a provider’s guide to maintaining, caring for, and withdrawing these often-intimidating devices by national palliative surgery content experts. Palliative surgery is an important component of serious illness care and is often underutilized by general hospice and palliative care providers.
Hospice Medical Directors
Learners will self-report the ability to apply, analyze and evaluate the indications, risks, and outcomes in managing complex mechanical support, surgical equipment and devices in palliative care to improve quality of life or to relieve symptoms in patients with serious illness.
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All editors, faculty and staff have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
*An ineligible company is defined as any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.
Ana Berlin, MD MPH FACS FAAHPM
Allyson Cook Chapman, MD FACS
Emaad J. Iqbal, MD
Katherine Lee, MD MS
Joseph Lin, MD MPH
Sophie Mayeux, MD
Gianna Ramos, MD MPH MSW
Danielle Smith, MD
Lise N. Tchouta, MD MS
Leah Farfan, BA
Julie Tanner, BSN RN-BC CHPN
Angie Tryfonopoulos, BS
Theresa Nissen, BA
Laura Witt, MS-HSM
Julie Bruno, MSW LCSW
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion includes attesting to meaningful activity participation and completion/submission of activity evaluation within the time frame designated.
Evaluation period closes May 31, 2026 at 11:59 PM CT for claiming CME credit.
Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, Demystifying Complex Mechanical Support, Surgical Equipment & Devices in Palliative (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards):
• Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
• This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in AnesthesiologyTM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.
• Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.
It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. By submitting your evaluation, you grant AAHPM permission to submit completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting respective BOARD MOC program credit or points as applicable.
Evaluation period closes May 31, 2026 at 11:59 PM CT for claiming MOC credit.
- 1.00 ABA MOC
- 1.00 ABIM MOC
- 1.00 ABS MOC
- 1.00 CME (physician only)
- 1.00 Participation