End-of-Life Care CME

Per the "Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act", the State Board of Medical Examiners and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing now requires that each person licensed as a physician or advanced practice nurse is to complete two credits of educational programs or topics related to end-of-life care.

Credits earned participating in this CME activity will satisfy the end-of-life care education requirement for NJ medical license renewal.


  1. Download the New Jersey Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form, as you will be asked to review it during your activity.
  2. Watch the presentation, End of Life: Meeting the Challenges.
  3. Download and read Assessment of Patients Competence to Consent to Treatment (Appelbaum, 2007).
  4. Submit a post-activity evaluation. Learners must score greater than or equal to 80% to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Target audience: All physicians licensed in the state of New Jersey. Advanced practice nurses are invited to participate.

Speakers: Shira Goldberg, M.D., Jessica Israel, M.D., Robert Novy, Esq.

Disclosure statement: Shira Goldberg, M.D., Jessica Israel, M.D., Robert Novy, Esq., and planners have declared nothing to disclose.


  1. Distinguish between palliative care and hospice
  2. Assess, treat, and manage pain and non-pain symptoms in patients with chronic illness using WHO management guidelines.
  3. Develop a structured approach to the assessment of decision-making capacity using Appelbaum's four legally relevant criteria.
  4. Formulate a strategy for determining a surrogate decision maker using legal order of priority.
  5. Identify three advance directive tools for use in healthcare decision-making.

Original release date: February 3, 2015.

Review date: February 3, 2018 unless indicated by new scientific developments.

Termination date: February 3, 2018.

Resources for further study:

Advance Directives - Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015.

End-of-Life Care in New Jersey Hospitals: A Blueprint for Action. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015.

End-of-Life Care - Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2015.

Opinion 8.081 - Surrogate Decision Making. (n.d.). Retrieved January 20, 2015.

Accreditation Statement: The Monmouth Medical Center is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement: The Monmouth Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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