About six months ago, I received an email requesting that I submit one of my talks about Palliative Care in the ICU to the International Palliative Care Network conference. The requestor was a Palliative Care physician living in Virginia, Parag Bharadwaj. It was a free conference, he told me, one that would enable dissemination of information to practitioners around the world. All I needed to do was embed audio onto each of the slides from my presentation. I looked up the organization and saw endorsements from reputable organizations like the European Association for Palliative Care and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), as well as some organizations I did not recognize– like the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Cuidados Paliativos, The African Palliative Care Association, and Kujdesi Paliativ. I was impressed with the breadth of reach. I said yes, gladly. My presentation was placed online and I received a certificate of appreciation.
Then, while at the AAHPM national conference in Chicago, I received a text from an unknown number. “Hello! Parag Bharadwaj here (Palliative Care Network). Heard you are here. Would love to meet you!” I agreed, and we arranged a time to meet. “I found us a place to sit,” he texted as I arrived. “Just look for the Indian guy ☺.” (…) Read Full Article Here