Death and Doctors: Crossing the Conversation Chasm

Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…

Matt Chan & Eriko Onishi, MD, presenting “Death and Doctors: Crossing the Conversation Chasm.”

idle-featuredThis presentation by a hospice doctor and physician will cover:

  • Advance care planning: ways to initiate conversation in the outpatient setting with a provider. What aspects we typically think about from the provider side.
  • Quantity of life (and how sometimes this means more interventions, more costs, and the downside of pursuing more care, the things doctors leave out from telling you, etc.) vs quality of life (actual extension of life, what this looks like for a person).
  • Advance Directive vs POLST, Hospice vs Palliative care, teasing through the medical jargon!
  • Community resources, how to get engaged.

Matt Chan is currently a OHSU Family Medicine resident in Portland, Oregon. He hails from the bitterly cold northeast regions of Vermont and Boston. Pursuing medicine allowed him to uncover a gaping hole in our healthcare system: primarily, the way we tackle death and the end of life. His hope is to connect with people of the Portland community to start the conversation not only in the doctor’s office, but in our homes as well.

Eriko Onishi is currently an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at OHSU, as well as a certified Palliative Care physician, a certified Advance Care Planning facilitator, and director of the Prestige Reedwood Nursing Home.

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  1. Pingback: Death:OK Presenters Announced! - Death:OK. Let's talk about it. October 17, 2015.

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