Bar opens at 5:30. Bring a potluck dish.
About the talk -- Chris Longaker:
All - Jessica Zitter MD, MPH has agreed to give IYC her presentation-talk-documentary for free on Saturday May 12, 2018 at 7:30pm following the open house. I highly recommend that you visit her web site jessicazitter.com to discover more about her and her very very important message on how to best navigate the ICU; how to best protect your rights as a patient; the need to have a patient advocate all to ensure that your wants (quality of life) or the preferences of your loved one are followed and protected. Jessica's book "Extreme Measures" relates the story of the beginning of palliative care by physicians in the ICU and in other specialties as well. Palliative care prioritizes the patient's values and preferences in a an environment where the default approach is the rote use of technology. While we might all agree that this is not your fun topic, let alone not often talked about, it is a certainty and it is a topic that informs and educates us all on an event we all must experience. Doctor Zitter is a Stanford Graduate; Case Western School of Medicine graduate and she is a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UCSF. She is double-boarded in two specialties - critical care and palliative care. Her book "Extreme Measures" is a great read. Her documentary "Extremis" was Oscar nominated. We attended her presentation last month and were awestruck and blown away by her and her message. I have been in conversation with MGH, North Coast Alliance, Drs Barton, Duncan(s), Schecter and others who all endorse what she has to say and that what she has to say will be well received. What I need are some volunteers to help organize the promotion of this event, the handling of reservations, and a focus group so that we make the best of this rare opportunity. If you can help out in the planning and or footwork promotion that would be teriffic. Some of you may have had personal anecdotes as have I, and to know that some one out there is making a difference so that the patient's desires, preferences and choices have priorities and are to be considered is long overdue. She is a force. So, please join me.