Pediatric Palliative Care: The Gift of Life

Feb 24, 2023

The goal of palliative care is to support children with serious or complicated conditions and their families through clinical care, psychosocial support, research, and education. Care should relieve pain and stress and meet the psychological, social, and spiritual needs of a child and family. The OMI was honored to have members of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at Schloss Arenberg for the Salzburg CHOP Seminar in Pediatric Palliative Care, which took place from February 19-25, 2023.

31 fellows from 23 various countries gathered to hear 20 didactic lectures that covered topics such as Pain Management, Symptoms – Dyspnea and Neuro-Irritability, The Dying Child, Psychosocial – Bereavement, PPC Program Development, and more. The schedule was put together by the expert faculty, including course director Dr. Shefali Parikh, Medical Director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Victoria Johnson, Attending Physician on the Pediatric Advanced Care Team, Kelly Mannion, Nurse Coordinator on the Pediatric Advanced Care Team, and Elizabeth Spellman, Palliative Care and Bereavement Social Worker on the Pediatric Advanced Care Team.

Wednesday provided faculty and fellows a break from the classroom, and many used their free afternoon to explore Salzburg city and surrounding areas. Thursday evening offered a classical chamber music concert right here in Schloss Arenberg, with local musicians from the Mozarteum University. Last but not least, the fellows were able to celebrate and close the week together during the Friday evening graduation dinner and ceremony.