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PCQN conferences are an excellent opportunity to learn, share, and network with a diverse
group of palliative care colleagues from around the country in an intimate setting.

Membership in PCQN includes attendance fees for up to four team members.





The Fall conference will be held at The Garland Hotel, in North Hollywood, CA.


We are pleased to offer PCQN members a discounted rate on room reservations at The Garland Hotel. To take advantage of this discount, book your reservation by September 4th.

Click here to reserve your room at The Garland.

The Hollywood Burbank Airport (also known as Bob Hope Airport; BUR), is a 15 minute drive from The Garland. It is a mid-sized airport, served by most domestic passenger airlines, and is known for being particularly fast and easy to enter/exit from.

Click here to see directions from BUR The Garland




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Topic: Unconscious Bias and Cultural Awareness
Vanessa Grubbs, MD is an associate professor of medicine in the division of nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco. She has maintained a clinical practice and research program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital since 2009. For the last decade, she cared for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and those on dialysis. She has a special clinical and research interest in renal palliative care and has written and spoken in national forums on this topic. Though much of her time is dedicated to scientific writing, her passion is narrative nonfiction writing. She’s taught “Writing For Change,” narrative writing from a health policy perspective to medical students and practicing clinicians since 2011. She recently published her first book, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers.


Topic: At the Intersection of Excitement and Uncertainty – Engaging with Oncologists Around Novel Anti-Cancer Therapies
Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Business Administration at Duke University and the Physician Quality and Outcomes Officer at Duke Cancer Institute.  Dr. Kamal is a breast medical oncologist and fellowship-trained palliative care physician.  He is also health services researcher focused on quality of care issues within serious illness care and at the intersection of oncology and palliative care integration.  He deploys methods related to big data, quality registries, and mobile health technology development to better understand how to improve care delivery.  He completed internal medicine residency and hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and hematology/oncology fellowship at Duke University.  He holds a Masters in Health Science from Duke and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Massachusetts – Amherst.





Los Angeles is a destination unlike any other: it’s the entertainment capital of the world, offering 75 miles of sunny coastline, a flourishing Downtown, acclaimed restaurants, trend-setting art and fashion scenes, and internationally flavored neighborhoods. With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, Los Angeles provides numerous ways to explore the city, including the Metro Rail.

The Garland Hotel is located in North Hollywood, in the San Fernando Valley region of LA. North Hollywood has a vibrant arts district, and is home to many major entertainment studios. Take a gander at the Great Wall of Los Angeles (the longest mural in the world), grab a cocktail in L.A.’s oldest tiki bar, or make your way to the nearby Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


Area Activities
Transportation Options
Discover Los Angeles Lyft Los Angeles
Universal Studios SuperShuttle Burbank
NoHo Arts Disctrict Car Rental
Santa Monica Pier LA Metro
















 University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSW’s, LPCCs and LEP’s. UCSF maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Course meets the qualifications for 10.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical
education for physicians.
UCSF designates this live activity maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category credit(s)™
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in
the activity.  This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing
education and cultural and linguistic competency.
For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA
Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.


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