Clinical Care: End-of-Life Discussions

Activity Description

End-of-life decisions and discussions are always difficult, and the associated issues and strategies are often not well outlined nor taught optimally to trainees and ancillary healthcare providers. This online module discusses those issues and provides guidance on optimal strategies for navigating end-of-life care with patients and their families. 


STS Members$75

Target Audience

Cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, and other members of the heart team, including cardiac anesthesiologists, physician assistants, and nurses.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Provide guidance to clinicians about preparing for and dealing with end-of-life discussions in a cardiothoracic surgery patient. 
  • Understand when end-of-life care issues should be raised. 
  • Acknowledge when care teams and patient families should meet. Discuss ways to approach patients with strong and unique religious beliefs.  
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Unless otherwise noted, the faculty for this activity have nothing to disclose.

Sharon Ben-Or, MD
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 
Commercial Relationships: On the advisory board for Circulogene

Dean P. Schraufnagel, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

STS Staff
Scott Bradbury, MS 
Karen Kostrinsky 
Amanda Wright  
Melisa Puthenmadom, MS 

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physician Assistants (PAs) may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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