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Community Hospice & Palliative Care Welcomes Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson to UNF on Friday, June 29

Adam W. Herbert University Center at the University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Jun 29 @ 08:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Patients with a serious or advanced illness commonly experience pain and a variety of non-pain symptoms. The purpose of this presentation is to apply previously learned content in a case-based session that allows learners to refine skills in pain and symptom assessment and management. Educating and supporting patients and family members in effective medication management will also be addressed. Couldn’t we all use a little practice gentling the journey at the end of life? Join us as we hone our craft, caring for the vulnerability of patients.

This professional seminar on Friday, June 29 is hosted by the Charles M. Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice & Palliative Care and led by Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson. 

RSVP at or call 904.407.5090 by Monday, June 25. Space is limited. There is no cost to register. Continuing education credit will be available to eligible professionals. A box lunch will be served.

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE is Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. Dr. McPherson has a master’s degree in instructional systems development and a master’s in distance education and e-learning. Dr. McPherson has maintained a practice in both hospice (local and national) and ambulatory care her entire career. She teaches extensively in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum on pain management and end-of-life care, including didactic and experiential content. She is the Program Director of the Online Master of Science and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She also developed one of the first and few palliative care pharmacy residencies in the U.S. 

Dr. McPherson has won numerous awards for teaching and her innovative practice in end-of-life care. She has published numerous articles, chapters and four books, including the best-selling “Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing.”

The schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m.: Registration  |  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Seminar


Continuing Education

To receive credit, attendees must provide their license number and credentials at sign-in and remain for all sessions. Partial credit will not be available. Community Hospice & Palliative Care is a licensed CE provider through CE Broker, No. 50-420.

  • 3.0 continuing education credits (CEUs) are available through Community Hospice & Palliative Care for nurses.
  • Certificates of attendance are available for other disciplines.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational session, given a simulated patient, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess pain in a verbal and a non-verbal patient.
  2. Given an assessment of pain, select pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions to treat pain and common non-pain symptoms.
  3. Develop a monitoring plan designed to allow adjustment of a pain or symptom management plan.
  4. Develop strategies to treat complicated pain including opioid-induced hyperalgesia.