Building a Primary Palliative Care Model for Urology (2021)

May 15, 2021

Live Webinar 1: Building a Primary Palliative Care Model for Urology

Complimentary CME Webinar!

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Building a Primary Palliative Care Model for Urology: learn about aspects of palliative care that benefit patients, the urologist’s role and their collaboration with palliative care clinicians including:

The current state of palliative care:

  • Evidence for subspecialty-based primary palliative care
  • Aspects of palliative care that most benefit patients
  • Patient perspective – how doctors can best support patients at the end of life
  • Delivery of palliative care services in Urology

When palliative care is needed:

  • Panel discussion on identifying the continuum of care, timing, and the extent to which palliative care clinicians should be involved, with emphasis on oncology, stone disease, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Target Audience

  • Urologist
  • Resident
  • Non-Urologist (MD or DO)
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Practice Manager

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of Building a Primary Palliative Care Model for Urology participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the optimal timing, provider, and support required to support the needs of patients with advanced urologic disease
  2. Describe the settings in which goals of care, prognosis, diagnosis, advance care planning, goals of operations and procedures, and physical and psychological symptom management are currently being pursued.
  3. Explain methods of family engagement that support both the family and the patient as disease progresses.
  4. Discuss aspects of patient care and counseling that are lacking within current health systems.
  5. Assess the spiritual and support needs among patients with advanced urologic health conditions, and the point along the disease course when this support should be offered. 



The 2021 AUA Quality Improvement Summit is a three-part program designed for the entire urologic care team aimed at improving the use of palliative care in urology. Educational activities will feature presentations, panel discussions, and opportunities to share experience and data to improve care quality using palliative care. Building a Primary Palliative Care Model for Urology is the first webinar of the three-part series.

Please join us on May 22, 2021 from 1 pm-2:30pm EDT for Webinar 2: Perspectives on Increasing the Use of Palliative Care in Advanced Urologic Diseases. Discover evidence-based innovations in primary palliative care in urology, and explore role-specific readiness for implementation.

This second webinar is a part of the AUA2021 Annual Meeting Kickoff Weekend. Attendees must be registered at the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze package to access this education.

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Please join us on September 13, 2021 from 8am-11am PDT for the in-person portion of the Quality Improvement Summit: Laying the Foundation for Primary Palliative Care in Urology at the AUA 2021 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

The in-person program will include didactic presentations, panel discussions, small-group breakout sessions, and a final full-group interactive discussion. Attendees would benefit from attending the two QI Summit webinars and must be registered for the AUA2021 Annual Meeting to attend the in-person session.

Learn more about the QI Summit programming at To register, visit AUA2021 and select the Platinum Registration option and add the QI Summit to your schedule.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Non-Physician Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/15/2021 - 10:00am
Event ends: 
05/15/2021 - 12:00pm

Current State of Palliative Care:

Moderator Matthew Nielsen, MD, MS, Chair, AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee

  • Evidence for Subspecialty-based Primary Palliative Care: Katherine Fero, MD
  • Aspects of Palliative Care That Most Benefit Patients: Karl Lorenz, MD, MSHS
  • Patient Perspective – How Doctors Can Best Support Patients at the End of Life: Renata Louwers
  • Delivery of Palliative Care Services in Urology: Jonathan Bergman, MD, MSHS

When is Palliative Care Needed? Panel discussion on identifying the continuum of care, timing, and extent to which palliative care clinicians should be involved:

Moderator Jonathan Bergman, MD, MSHS

  • Oncology: Scott Gilbert, MD, MS, Bruce Jacobs, MD
  • Stone Disease: Margaret Pearle, MD; John Leppert, MD, MS; Charles Scales, MD, MS
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery: Anne Suskind, MD, MS
  • General Urology: Michael Darson, MD


The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Urological Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The AUA is not accredited to offer credit to participants who are not MDs or DOs. However, the AUA will issue documentation of participation that states that the activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


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Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Non-Physician Participation
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