Emerging Trends

For Faculty, Staff, Students and Others

This series features KU Medical Center's nationally recognized experts speaking about emerging issues. Emerging Trends is designed to inspire faculty, staff, students and others to incorporate state-of-the-art knowledge in their clinical and organizational practices. Registration is at the program only. Seating is on a space-available basis. Nurses and physicians can earn contact hours.

All sessions are at KU Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. See the session for the room. A campus map is available at: http://www.kumc.edu/Pulse/map.html and self-pay parking is available in the Olathe and Cambridge Parking Facilities. Bring your EEDs (Electronic Education Documentation System) card, own lunch, and join in the discussion about these exciting new trends.  

Programs for FY14 are scheduled at Noon on the 3rd Monday of the month. Presentation recordings (without CE) using Camtasia will be made available on this web page following the program. To receive credit or learn more about obtaining an EEDs card, please read the "For continuing education" or "For EEDs information" attachments at the bottom of this page.


Emerging Trends

September 16 • 1050 School of Nursing • NOON

Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP)

Chronic illness often results in an uncertain trajectory in the last days and months of life. Advance Directives fail to provide direction for care at the end of life. POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments) paradigm programs translate patient preferences into actionable medical orders documented on a POLST form. Research shows increased consistency between a patient's preference for care at end of life and care received for persons with a POLST form. 

Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP) is a growing POLST paradigm community initiative in Kansas and Missouri. KU is one of eight hospitals in the metro area committed to implementing TPOPP.

•·         Discuss functional trajectories of patients with advanced illness in the weeks to months prior to death.
•·         Summarize data on effectiveness of POLST programs.
•·         Describe the components of the TPOPP.


Karin Porter-Williamson, M.D. is an Associate Professor, section head and Medical Director for Palliative Care Services in General and Geriatric Medicine. Her clinical interests are in the promotion and integration of high quality, patient centered palliative Care for patients and families dealing with progressive illness and life change. Her research interest is the integration of Palliative Medicine Principles into the structure, process, and outcomes of medical delivery systems and the integration of Palliative Medicine curricula into medical education.

She completed medical school, internship, and residency at the University of Kansas and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care.

Carol Buller, DNP, ARNP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the KU School of Nursing, teaching adult/gerontological nurse practitioner courses. She received her Diploma from the Wesley School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas, her BSN from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska, and her MSN and DNP from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Dr. Buller has worked with the Center for Practical Bioethics since 2009 on the development of education modules to train medical professionals on the Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preference (TPOPP) program.

Speaker and Moderator Disclosure

With regard to this presentation Drs. Buller, Porter-Williamson and Gambino disclosed that they do not have any relevant commercial financial relationships related to the content of this presentation.

Who will benefit

This program will be beneficial for nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals who want to incorporate state-of-the-art knowledge into their clinical and organizational practices.


National Quality Forum, Framework and Preferred Practices for Quality Palliative Care & Hospice Care, 2006

Hickman, S. E., Nelson, C. A., Perrin, N. A., Moss, A. H., Hammes, B. J. & Tolle, S. W. (2010). A comparison of methods to communicate treatment preferences in nursing facilities: Traditional practices versus the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Program. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 58(7), 1241-1248. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02955.x

Hickman, S.E., Nelson, C. A. , Moss, A.H., Tolle, S. W., Perrin, N. A., & Hammes B. J. (2011). The consistency between treatments provided to nursing facility residents and orders on the physician orders for life-sustaining treatment form. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 59(11), 2091-2099.


October 21 •  Nutrition Lab • Noon
Nutrition Lab Experience (Max 24 people)
Debra Sullivan, PhD

November 18 • 1050 SON • Noon • TBD

February 17 • B018 SON • Noon
Public Health and Health Care Reform: The KUMC Initiative
Glen Cox, MD

April 21 • 1050 SON • Noon • TBD 


  • November 19, 2012 | G013 SON| The Emerging Health Care System and The Primary Care Conundrum 

               with Drs. Diane Ebbert, Joshua Freeman, Lee Norman & Cynthia Teel

  • February 18  | Emerging Reimbursement Changes and the Health Care Delivery System • SON Auditorium • NOON 

    wiith Scott Helt, VP Health System Contracting & Procurement and Chris Hansen, SVP Ambulatory Services & CIO, The University of Kansas Hospital

  • April 15 • A Doctor's Experience with Social Media: Problems. Solutions. Impact. • 1023 Orr-Major •  NOON with Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Associates, Kansas City, Missouri

For questions or to be added to the broadcast e-mails for these programs, contact: Mary L. Gambino atmgambino@kumc.edu

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Last modified: Mar 29, 2017