Getting Comfortable being Uncomfortable

August 17, 2023
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Teaching End-of-Life in the Classroom and Experiential Settings

Hosted by the Geriatric Pharmacy SIG

Talking about death tends to be an unpopular and underutilized topic in education. For schools that do cover it, death education is often limited to end-of-life pharmacotherapy and advanced care planning. Through the pandemic, the fragility of life has come to the forefront as important for students to be prepared to address this sensitive topic. In this session, faculty from two schools will discuss novel teaching tools available to engage students in compassionate conversations about death in the didactic, experiential, and interprofessional settings.


  • Discuss the importance of end-of-life teachings with a focus on compassionate communication and empathy building in healthcare education
  • Review different tools and activities to talk about end-of-life discussion in didactic, experiential, and interprofessional settings
  • Design a take-home plan for an end-of-life conversation activity to implement at your institution 


Teresa DeLellis, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP
Associate Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice
Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural & Health Science


Becky Mahan, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCACP, FASCP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
TTUHSC Jerry H Hodge SOP

Meredith Howard, Pharm.D., BCPS
Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Pharmacotherapy
UNTHSC College of Pharmacy

Trista Bailey, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, FASCP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
TTUHSC Jerry H. Hodge SOP

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