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Traveling Scholars Program Report

Maria Aleksandrova, RN

Travel date: February 14, 2017

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: Advanced European Bioethics Course "Suffering, Death and Palliative Care"  

Origin: Yerevan, Aremenia / Destination: Nijmegen, Netherlands

How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

Taking part in this course was an unforgettable opportunity to get information from the talented specialists in palliative care and to become aware of new developments in this field. It was a great chance to share what we do among colleagues from all over the world and to discuss how to seek ways of improvement.

How will you new knowledge & acquired skills help in furthering your work in hospice and palliative care in your program/city/ or country?

The Advanced European Bioethics Course "Suffering, Death and Palliative Care" has constituted a great resource to learn diverse issues about Palliative Care.The acquired skills will help me to improve the quality of work at “Qanaker-Zeytun” MC since I’ve gained a better understanding of palliative care , which can be applied in our clinical work through the interdisciplinary team.

How IAHPC Traveling Scholars Program be improved in order to help other future traveling scholars?

I don’t have anything to add, just I am very grateful for this chance in my career. I used this grant opportunity for the first time owing to IAHPC Traveling Scholarship. It was my first experience and I liked everything! It was perfect!

Narrative summary highlighting the needs and challanges you face

First of all, I would like to express my gratefulness to IAHPC for this great opportunity. My clinic and particularly me got great and important experience through their support.  During the course I received new information, met a colleges from other countries .There were members from Australia, Germany, Netherlands, USA , Poland, South Africa and  Switzerland. It was great because everyone from us had different models of work and we could discuss them and compare all the details and points. The main topic was euthanasia: a very hard and controversial question. I would like to highlight some lectures of this topic: 1) Keynote lecture: Dealing with ethical issues in palliative care: Towards a new art of dying, Carlo Leget.  2) Scientific research in palliative care: ethical issues, Ghislaine van Thiel.  3) Suffering, Jelle van Gurp.4) Physician assisted dying, Marianne Dees. 5) Euthanasia in the Netherlands: What are the lessons to be learnt?, Theo Boer. 6) The experience of death and the meaning of life, Ruud Welten. 7) Symposium on cultural issues in death and dying, Claudia Venhorst, Jacqueline van Meurs, Natashe Lemos Dekker. 8) Introduction to rituals regarding death and suffering, Joanna Wojtkowiak. 9) Interactive plenary session death, spirituality and rituals.  They are exciting and cognitive and, of course, necessary if you work in PC.  PC is under development now in our country, and our doctors, nurses, also, not only do their work, but they act as psychologists too. So, any new information and experience is useful for them I work in ICU Department and often see death, but the film which I saw: ‘Choosing to Die’ made me look at this point from another side.    I would also like to mention one more lecture “Palliative sedation” by Jeroen Hasselaar which was closely related with my department and caused double interest.  The course covered all the necessary points connected with my responsibilities. Moreover, it outlined ethical questions and issues of life standard quality improvement, taking care and psychological help.  Furthermore, I took a very active role and made a huge contribution in