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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.


This activity is designated for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category credit(s)™





The Spring 2018 conference will be held at The Argonaut Hotel, in San Francisco, CA.


Click here to reserve your room at The Argonaut

The cutoff date to make the reservations at the discounted rate is April 2, 2018.


SFO and OAK are the closest airports to The Argonaut, and both are serviced by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
You can take BART directly from the airport to Embarcadero Station, and from there transfer to the
F-Muni to Fisherman’s Wharf, which is a short walk from The Argonaut.

Whether you commute directly from the airport to the hotel, or take BART into San Francisco, we highly recommend
that you utilize taxi or rideshare services. Valet parking offered by the hotel is a non-discounted daily rate of $75/day.
Other nearby parking lots may offer a lower daily date, though availability can’t be guaranteed.




Click here to view the conference agenda.





Topic: Sexual and Intimacy in Palliative Care (Day One)
David Bullard, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been practicing individual psychotherapy and couples therapy in San Francisco for over 30 years. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was affiliated with the Human Sexuality Program and the Behavioral Medicine Unit, hosted international symposia on sexuality and medical conditions, and taught courses to medical students, nurses, interns, residents, faculty, therapists and other health care providers. He currently consults with the Symptom Management Service (which provides outpatient palliative care) at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Group, Spiritual Care Services, Clinical Pastoral Education Program at UCSF. David is a guest teacher at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center and Green Gulch.


Topic: Innovative Approaches for Managing Pain (Day Two)
Walter Sipe, M.D.
Dr. Sipe holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, where he teaches and supervises medical students and post-graduate trainees. He is a Board Certified physician in Psychiatry and Pediatrics, with additional clinical and research training in pediatric gastroenterology.

Dr. Sipe has an active private practice in general adult and adolescent psychiatry where he employs both medication management and psychotherapy. Additionally, he runs a clinic for pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders and pain at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital that specifically focuses on mind-body interactions. Dr. Sipe’s research experience include laboratory investigations of the neurobiology of visceral pain, clinical research regarding the application of mindfulness techniques to depression.





You’re be in walking distance from other many famed San Francisco attractions, including the sea lions of Pier-39,
Ghirardelli Square, the tall ships of Hyde Street Pier and the famous Powell-Hyde Street cable car turn-around.
Enjoy an early morning jog past the Golden Gate Bridge through the nearby Great Meadow Park at Fort Mason, and
celebrate a successful day of learning with a late night milkshake at the In-N-Out next door (the only one in SF!).
Star Wars mega fan? Celebrate May the 4th with a pilgrimage to the Yoda Fountain at LucasFilm headquarters.


Questions? Contact us!