Honoring Choices Virginia ACP Training Series: Understanding Brain Death
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When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
8:30 AM
Where: Richmond Academy of Medicine
2821 Emerywood Pkwy
Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia  23294
United States
Contact: Laura Pilati

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“I Don’t Want to be a Vegetable”: Understanding Brain Death

In the first of six bimonthly learning sessions for 2020, join Honoring Choices and VCU Health critical care specialist Vishal Yajnik, MD, MS as we expand our knowledge of the definitions and decision-making that comprise brain death declaration (also known as "death by neurological criteria"). We’ll explore clinical and lay terminology, as well as misconceptions that advance care planning facilitators and ambassadors may encounter in conversations with patients and community members. Bring your questions and curiosity for this important learning opportunity.


  • Define persistent vegetative state (PVS), coma, and brain death criteria
  • Be able to describe these conditions, including the differences between them, to patients
  • Explore religious and cultural considerations around brain death

More on our presenter: Vishal Yajnik, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at VCU Health System. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at VCU Medical Center and his fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Primary audience: All trained Respecting Choices facilitators and ACP ambassadors, interested HCA VA and VCUHS employees and students, and RAM members

Cost: Free to HCA VA, VCUHS, and HCV Community trained First Steps facilitators, HCV trained community ambassadors, HCA VA and VCUHS employees and students, and RAM members. Please contact HCV staff or your health system ACP Coordinator for your free registration code. All others, $10. See separate event registration option to pay for the entire series at a discounted price.

Advance registration is required. Coffee will be provided.

CEUs available.


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2821 Emerywood Pkwy | Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23294


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