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Firefly Sisterhood Clinicians Seminar

Westin Galleria Edina


This is not an event hosted by MHS.  Use the link below to register.


Designed for clinicians who work with cancer patients including physicians, surgeons, nurses, rehabilitation professionals, technologists, psychologists, chaplaincy professionals and social workers. Firefly Sisterhood, and Angel Foundation are both community-based nonprofit organizations, who are hosting a seminar with three specialists in the field of palliative care for cancer patients. The seminar will focus on the medical and psychosocial aspects of palliative oncology care. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems. Palliative care provides comfort care, supportive care and symptom management. In addition a panel of cancer patients who have used palliative care will reflect on their experiences at the end of the presentations.

Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, Fellow, American Academy of Grief Counseling
For nearly 25 years Kelly has dedicated her practice to minimizing suffering through her work in oncology, palliative care and hospice. An experienced therapist and gifted speaker, Kelly created Conversations with Kelly as a public healing forum to broaden her reach as a psychotherapist, social worker and healer for patients and families.  Kelly is a Board Certified Diplomat in clinical social work and earned a fellowship in grief counseling from the American Academy of Health Care Professionals. She earned a Master’s Degree in clinical social work from the University of St. Thomas/University of St. Catherine.

Dr. Victor Sandler, M.D.
Dr. Sandler graduated from the University of Minnesota’s school of Medicine and did he residency at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Sandler is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice Care and Palliative Medicine. He currently serves as the director of Fairview Hospital’s home and hospice program in Minneapolis.

Sarah Jax, RN, MA, CNP, AOCNP
Sarah is an Advanced Practice Provider with Minnesota Oncology. A graduate of Concordia College School of Nursing, she received her Master of Arts in Adult/Gernotological Nurse Practitioner from St. Catherine’s University. Her is in palliative care with a belief in holistic care that addresses the patient both physically and emotionally.




4:00-4:30p Registration and Exhibits


4:30p Welcome and introductions


4:30-5:30p Palliative care in Oncology, a Holistic Model: Dr. Vic Sandler, Sarah Jax, RN, MA, CNP AOCNP and Kelly Grosklags, LISCW


5:30- 6:00p It’s not just Hospice: a panel conversation with three palliative care recipients.


6:00p Closing and Adjourn


Upon completion of the seminar, the participants should be able to:

•Describe palliative care

•Understand the spectrum of palliative care

•Describe best practices for use of palliative care in oncology

•Understand the patient perspectives of cancer survivorship