Long School of Medicine

Palliative Care 101

Course Description

  • University Health/UT-San Antonio CME Series 2022-23 is dedicated to supporting physicians/practitioners with accredited continuing medical education using varied methods of training that fulfills lifelong learning needs.
  • This educational series covers training in diverse specialties of medicine with focus on maternal-neonatal care. services where an educational gap has been identified. Once clinical deficits and educational gaps have been brought to our attention by practitioners, we create programs the will meet identified gaps. In addition, we integrate quality, safety, health disparities when appropriate, as well as ethical considerations into our programs.

Target Audience

MD, DO, RN, LVN, Advanced Practice RN, PA’s, PharmD, etc.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate the clinical findings of manageable versus unmanageable illnesses through integrated subspecialty training established by evidence-based practice standards and guidelines presented by clinical experts.
  • Recognize geographical, economic disadvantages and deficits of care that exists in rural South Texas and describe when a patient is too ill to be cared for at a rural hospital.
  • Present in-depth diagnostic and goal setting processes that will identify areas needing improvement through a multi-disciplinary team approach. Including nursing, techs, residents, unit leaders, pharmacy, etc.
  • Identify potential inequities, unconscious bias and deficits in care of minority and LGBTQ patients.
  • Formulate opportunities to integrate health/racial equity for all patients.


Rachel Vandermeer, MD
Inpatient Pediatric Palliative Care Medical Director
University Health, San Antonio

Jenny LaCoss
Adult Palliative Care Medical Director
University Health, San Antonio

Financial Disclosures
Jenny LaCoss, MD doesn’t have any financial relationships to disclose.
Rachel Vandermeer, MD does not have any financial relationships to disclose.

The planning committee members below do not have any relevant financial relationship to disclose:

Rebecca Terrazas, BSN, RN
Alice Gong, MD
Antonio Hernandez, MD
Dolores Perry, MSN
Rachael Farner, MSN, RN
Patrick Ramsey, MD
Amy Quinn, MD

Registration Information

No Charge


As an ACCME-accredited CME provider, The UT Health Science Center San Antonio must ensure that its CME activities are independent of the control of commercial interests. All speakers and planning committee members for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio sponsored programs are expected to disclose (prior to the activity) all “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. (“Relevant” financial interest or other relationships can include such things as grant or research support, employees, consultants, major stockholders, members of speaker bureau, etc.)

UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Rebecca Terrazas, course director and content reviewer for the activity, have reviewed all financial disclosure information for all speakers, facilitators, and planning committee members; and determined and resolved all conflicts of interests.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the University Health System. The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians

UT Health Science Center San Antonio designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare professionals receiving a certificate of attendance should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance

Credit may be obtained upon successful completion of the activity’s evaluation.

Certificate of Attendance

Physician Participation - Upon completion of viewing the online presentation, please follow the instructions at the end of the presentation to complete the evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, the user will be provided the option to print their certificate.