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PCQN conferences are an excellent opportunity to learn, share, and network with a diverse
group of palliative care colleagues from around the country in an intimate setting.

Membership in PCQN includes attendance fees for up to four team members.

This activity is designated for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category credit(s)™


The Fall 2019 Conference will be held at the Garland Hotel, in North Hollywood, CA.

We are please to offer PCQN members a discounted rate on room reservations at the Garland Hotel. To take advantage of this discount (reference group code “PQN“) , book your reservation by Friday 9/27/19. To make your reservation, please click here:

The Hollywood Burbank Airport (also known as Bob Hope Airport; BUR), is a 15 minute drive from The Garland. It is a mid-sized airport, served by most domestic passenger airlines, and is known for being particularly fast and easy to enter/exit from.

Click here to see directions from the Burbank Airport to the Garland.


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*Conference agenda may change


Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN, FAAN

Judith Paice, PhD, RN is  the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and a Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Paice is presently a member of the NIH HEAL Initiative Multidisciplinary Working Group and has served as President of the American Pain Society and Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Currently the Vice-Chair of the NCCN Adult Cancer Pain Clinical Practice Guideline, much of Dr Paice’s clinical work has been in the relief of pain associated with cancer. She has traveled widely within six continents to educate health care professionals regarding cancer pain relief and palliative care.  Dr. Paice serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and is the author of more than 170 scientific manuscripts. She was one of the original consultants in the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) and has continued serving as a faculty member in this program. In 2018, Dr. Paice was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care.

Phillip Rodgers, MD, FAAHPM

Dr. Phillip Rodgers is an associate professor at the University of Michigan Medical School (UM), where he practices and teaches family medicine and subspecialty palliative medicine. He is founding director of the UM Palliative Care Program, and a member of the UM Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI).

Dr. Rodgers has become a leading national expert in payment and care delivery innovation in palliative care, and has received numerous invitations to speak and contribute technical expertise to conveners and policymakers including the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has also held numerous leadership positions within the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), and led development of AAHPM’s proposal for an alternative payment model for palliative care, which has been recommended for testing by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). His work has been recognized with several awards, including the UM Family Medicine Resident Teaching Award, the UM Dean’s Award for Community Service, the Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Award, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Gerald Holman Distinguished Service Award.


Los Angeles is a destination unlike any other: it’s the entertainment capital of the world, offering 75 miles of sunny coastline, a flourishing Downtown, acclaimed restaurants, trend-setting art and fashion scenes, and internationally flavored neighborhoods. With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, Los Angeles provides numerous ways to explore the city, including the Metro Rail.

The Garland Hotel is located in North Hollywood, in the San Fernando Valley region of LA. North Hollywood has a vibrant arts district, and is home to many major entertainment studios.


University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSW’s, LPCCs and LEP’s. UCSF maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 10.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
UCSF designates this live activity maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category credit(s)™

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.