A report of 20th annual congress of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine

111115This article originally appeared in ehospice

On 18 to 20 June, the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine (JSPM) held the 20th anniversary of its annual congress at the beautiful harbour city of Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan.

The theme of this congress was ‘Dreams Come True’. The President of the Congress was Yusuke Takamiya, School of Medicine, Showa University.

Invited speakers were Tatsuru Uchida, the Baifukan; Hiroshi Nakajima, Setagaya Health Center; Craig Hassed, MD PhD, Monash University; Dr David Hui, Texas University; Rita Charon, MD PhD, Columbia University, and Professor Sheila Payne; Lancaster University.

The multiprofessional nature of our work was reflected in the conference. There were several professional fora such as: Nurse’s Forum, Medial Social Worker’s Forum, Pharmacist’s Forum, Rehabilitation Professional’s Forum, Physician’s Forum; and Forum of Palliative Care in the university hospital.

There were invited lectures, 36 symposia, 19 luncheon sessions, as well as oral and poster presentation sessions.

Over 7800 participants in total joined the congress, there were keen and honest speeches and discussions from clinical, community based, educational, ethical, medical, pharmacological, physical, psychological, political, philosophical, and rehabilitational viewpoints.

The Congress showed multiple dimensions of palliative medicine coming together.

The 21st annual congress will be held from 16 to 18 June 2016 at Kyoto International Congress Center and Grand Prince Hotel in Kyoto. The Congress President is Professor Toyoshi Hosokawa; Kyoto Prefectural Medical University.

Find out more about the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine online.