Chapman University, Memorial Hall

Saturday, October 6th, 2018
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Keynote Speakers: Shoshana Ungerleider, MD
Featuring: BJ Miller, MD and Michael Fratkin, MD
Presented by Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation & Chapman University

Each of our lives is unique.  However, there is one thing we all have in common: we do not know the end of our own stories. For many, the topic of death has been off- limits. The time has come to ask ourselves and the medical community the following questions:

  • What can we do to help create a fitting end to our story?
  • How do we best extend compassionate care to those reaching the completion of their lives?
  • Can we create a supportive environment where dignity, comfort and meaning may be found in every lived moment?

Our nation is experiencing a moment of inspired and remarkable cultural change in how we think about and approach the end-of-life. Join us as doctors Shoshana Ungerleider, BJ Miller and Michael Fratkin discuss what it means to live well until the end, as we explore the power of our relationship with death and dying. Learn from their unique perspectives, filled with wisdom and knowledge gained from their own lived experiences.


About Our Speakers

Dr. Shoshana UngerleiderShoshana Ungerleider is a physician, philanthropist, filmmaker and speaker. She works as an internist practicing hospital medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Shoshana is passionate about improving how seriously ill patients are cared for throughout the continuum of life. She started the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund to further palliative care education. To that end, she has funded and produced films including Extremis, a short documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. In addition, she produced End Game, a short documentary on hospice and palliative care by Academy Award winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman which premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year and was acquired by Netflix. She has also founded the End Well Symposium, an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to transforming the end of life experience.

Dr. BJ MillerBJ Miller is a leading voice in reimagining the end of life experience. BJ is a palliative care physician at University of California, San Francisco and former Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project. He is a powerful advocate for the roles of our senses, community, and presence in palliative care as informed by his own unique experience as a patient. His TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” became one of TED’s Top 15 Most Viewed Talks of 2015 and to date has been viewed over 6 million times.

Dr. Michael D. FratkinMichael D. Fratkin is a builder, an innovator and a dreamer who approaches life and the practice of medicine with love and respect. Standing on a foundation of inspiration and burnout, Dr. Fratkin began creating ResolutionCare Network to build capacity for capable and compassionate palliative care in the rural Northern California community in which he made his home. He has been a transformative and provocative voice for improving the experience of people and families facing the completion of their lives while ensuring that the meaningful professional experiences of those providing care is of equal importance.

Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation (PHPCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing community education, outreach, and supportive services to patients, families, and organizations associated with hospice and palliative care. Our mission is to partner with our community to inspire change, provide hope and practical resources allowing those diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness to live life with dignity and purpose. To learn more please visit:

This event is brought to you in partnership with Chapman University's Sociology Department and Honors Program.

We are pleased to announce that Alzheimer's Orange County is partnering with us to offer CEUs to RNs and MSWs in attendance. To register, please select from the ticketing option that indicates "CEU REGISTRANTS"

For more information about the course description and objectives, instructor details, BRN and CAMFT/BBS continuing education approvals, and policies on accommodating a disability, reporting a grievance, and requesting a refund, please visit this link:

BRN: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Alzheimer’s Orange County, Provider #CEP 14757, for 2 contact hours.

CAMFT/BBS: Alzheimer’s Orange County (AOC) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. AOC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


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