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Bestselling Author to Speak at Annual Palliative Care Symposium

Nikki Erlick, a New York Times bestselling author, will be the keynote speaker when the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care holds its annual symposium in Long Beach in early March.

"The Measure"Erlick’s debut novel, “The Measure,” became an instant bestseller on the prestigious New York Times list upon its publication last June. It was selected as a monthly pick for the “Today” show book club, #ReadWithJenna, and as a “Discover Pick of the Month” by Barnes & Noble. The novel chronicles an interweaving cast of characters set in a world where people can find out how much time they have left to live.

A Harvard University alumna, Erlick is also a travel writer whose work has appeared in New York magazine, Newsweek, the Huffington Post and Vox, among others.

Erlick is the headliner of the 2023 National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education and Research, set for March 1-3 at the Hilton Long Beach. She will speak on Wednesday, March 1 – the night before the symposium officially begins – and do a book signing, with the first 100 attendees receiving a copy of “The Measure.”

Erlick’s keynote address will come on the same night that the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care, based at Cal State San Marcos, celebrates its 10th anniversary. During the pre-symposium festivities, on March 1 from 5:30 to 8:30, the institute will present the annual Doris A. Howell Award for Advancing Palliative Care to Karl Steinberg, MD, a longtime nursing facility and hospice medical director in the San Diego region.

Anyone who would like to attend the 10th anniversary reception is asked to RSVP to the email address RSVPHowellAward@csusm.edu by February 20, 2023. 

The theme of the 2023 symposium is "Interprofessional Palliative Care for All. Patients. Practitioners. Care Partners. Classrooms. Communities." Among the dignitaries who are scheduled to attend are the two namesakes of the institute: Darlene Marcos Shiley, a prominent philanthropist in the San Diego region, and Karen Haynes, the longest-serving president in CSUSM history.

The symposium is a unique and interactive multidisciplinary conference designed to highlight the latest in academic palliative care research, teaching and practice. It is the only event of its kind in the country designed for university faculty, practitioners and researchers focused on advancing palliative care.

The conference features a dynamic agenda of plenary, paper, panel and workshop sessions highlighting how to incorporate palliative care concepts into research, courses and experiences at all educational levels.

Since 2014, more than 1,200 professionals from universities, academic medical centers, health care systems, health plans, hospices and community hospitals have attended the conference.