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PEDIATRICS Grand Rounds: Managing Expectations: Delivering the Worst News in the Best Way

January 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA, Medical Director, LPCH Clinical Ethics, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Management, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Clinical Assistant Professor

Presented By: Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA

Dr. Alyssa Burgart, pediatric anesthesiologist and medical ethicist, presents “Managing Expectations: Delivering the Worst News in the Best Way”, addressing common communication challenges in pediatric serious illness. With few evidence based resources, how can clinicians effectively manage parent and consultant expectations, provide sign posting for families, and compassionately navigate times of high risk and great uncertainty. This activity is applicable to all clinical areas of Natividad.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Participants will gain perspective about communication in serious illness, including evidence regarding commonly used interventions, such as “complex care meetings.”
  • Participants will recognize how approaching difficult communication early serves to decrease moral distress throughout the care continuum.
  • Participants will have increased awareness of evidence based communication tools that may be tailored for use with patients of all ages.


A companion SIMLab Grand Rounds CME will be held on 1/15/19

CME Activity Flyer PDF


January 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Christopher Carpenter, MD, Pediatrics Service Director, NMC


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