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End-of-Life Care and Discussions

Questions about this important topic? Dr. Schneid has some answers!

This 4-session course will cover:

  • Palliative care and how it differs from hospice care, and explore how to access these services and be reimbursed.

  • Advanced directives and appointing a health care proxy. Various scenarios and how these are affected by appropriate directives.

  • Grief and depression at the end of life, as well as a review of how to prevent caregiver “burnout.”

  • The State of Maine “Death with Dignity” option for end-of-life care. Our state’s experience compared to other states’ experiences.

Instructor James Schneid M.D. is Board Certified in Family Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Jim has a lifelong interest in end-of-life issues, and in 2017 he helped develop the first Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship for physicians at the Togus V.A. Hospital and Maine Medical Center. As the VA Hospice Medical Director, he enjoyed teaching nurses, chaplains, social workers, medical students, resident physicians, fellows, and attendings the art of palliative medicine.

Mondays • 4 classes • 9/30-10/21 • 1:00-3:00 PM Location: Zoom and in Jewett 293 (hybrid)

How to Register for Classes

  • Select End-of-Life Care and Discussions.

  • Above the class description, you will see a blue box labeled "Add to Cart." Click on it.

  • "View Cart" appears. Click on it.

  • If you like, you may add another class.

  • Next, click on "Proceed to Checkout."

  • Fill in the required information.

  • You will notice a box under "Additional Information."

  • Write the name of your Maine senior college here.

  • This allows you to register without becoming a member of UMASC.

  • Then click on "Place Your Order."

  • Finally, just ignore the page requesting payment.

For more information, call the UMASC Office: 207-621-3551 or email: office@ Emails often receive the quickest response because they are instantly distributed to the staff at home. The current UMA COVID-19 policy states: Face coverings are required in classrooms, unless waived by the instructor. All those attending classes must be fully vaccinated and boosted. You should not come to the campus if you are currently subject to quarantine or isolation per CDC guidelines. If you have attended a class in person and have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact UMA Campus Safety and Security Director Rob Marden at 621-3103. Should the Maine CDC and UMS pandemic protocols change, an update will be provided.

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