Minnesota State University, Mankato
Palliative Care Conference - The End of Life Experience: A Community Conversation
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Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, practices ICU and Palliative Care at the county hospital in Oakland, California. She is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Huffington Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other publications. Her work is featured in the Oscar and Emmy-nominated short documentary, Extremis, now streaming on Netflix. She is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of dying in America. Learn more about her work at jessicazitter.com.

Greg Kutcher, MD, completed his medical school and family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota. He’s had the opportunity to practice family medicine in the Mankato, Minnesota region and serve in senior leadership roles in both health care and the community. He is energized by and is interested in finding ways for the health care to partner with the broader community as we build healthier communities. In his roles, he has supported the growth of hospice and palliative care, and since 2016 has been grateful to work within the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice in South West Minnesota as the medical director. He is an assistant professor of Family Medicine in Mayo Clinic.

Continuing Education Credits are available for multiple disciplines including, nursing, social work, chaplains, morticians, nursing home administration, and more.  If you would like to request CE’s for your discipline please contact ccoa@mnsu.edu

Registration Information:

  • Registration: September 1 - November 1, 2019
  • Cost: $100 if registered by November 1, 2019 at midnight. 
  • $125 at the door. Registration opens at 8:00 AM
  • Lunch is provided.
  • No refunds five days prior to workshop date.
7:30 Vendor Registration & Set Up  
8:00 Registration Opens  
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome Dr. Greg Kutcher
8:45 - 10:00 Extremis + A New Kind of Heroism Dr. Jessica Zitter
10:00 - 10:15 Break  
10:15 - 11:15 A Fireside Chat Dr. Zitter & Dr. Kutcher
11:15 - 12:00 The Grahn Family Story Sheila Callendar & Laurel Brummond
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch  
12:45 - 1:45 The Grahn Story Continues Sheila, Laurel & Dr. Kutcher
1:45 - 2:00 Break  
2:00 - 3:15 Panel Discussion Dr. Zitter, Dr. Kutcher, Sheila & Laurel
3:15 - 3:30 Closing  

Sponsored by:
  • Chesley Center on Aging, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Ecumen
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice

If you are new to this system, you must register as a new user and set up a username and password.  https://mnscu.rschooltoday.com/public/viewmyaccount. (Once you have an account, you will easily be able to register for future trainings and events.)  

To pay in full by credit card, please register online below.  If you would like to pay by check, please contact us to get registered: call 507-389-1094 or email cepd@mnsu.edu. You will need to provide contact details for participant (and payer if different from participant).

Bring to Class:


Mankato Civic Center - Grand Hall
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001

Directions to the Mankato Civic Center

Get directions to the Mankato Civic Center on google maps here.

From the North: (Twin Cities, St. Peter, LeSueur)
South on 169, take the Mankato/North Mankato Downtown Exit. Take a left at the light and cross the bridge, using the far right lane. Take the Main Street Exit and continue straight ahead on Second Street, crossing Main Street. One block up take a right onto Walnut Street and proceed down to the Civic Center Parking Ramp.

From the West: (Lake Crystal, Madelia, Fairmont)
Hwy 169 to Riverfront Drive Exit, take right off that exit, to the Civic Center Parking Ramp. If necessary to use the Loading Docks, continue on Riverfront Drive to Main Street; right on Main Street one block to Second Street; right one block on Second to Walnut Street; right on Walnut Street. Proceed down to either the Civic Center Parking Ramp.

From the West: (New Ulm, etc.)
Hwy 14 to Riverfront Drive Exit, turn right on Riverfront Drive to Main Street (City Center Hotel on corner), turn left onto Main Street, 1 block up turn right onto Second Street, 1 block up turn right onto Walnut Street, proceed down to the Civic Center Parking Ramp.

From the East: (Rochester, Owatonna, Waseca)
Hwy 14 to Riverfront Drive Exit, turn left on Riverfront Drive to Main Street (City Center Hotel on corner), turn left onto Main Street, 1 block up turn right onto Second Street, 1 block up turn right onto Walnut Street, proceed down to the  Civic Center Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in downtown parking ramps on Hickory Street and Walnut Street. Handicapped parking is available in designated areas. Download a PDF of the parking map.

8:30 AM
Contact Hours:
Early Registration: $ 100.00 each
Discounted Price Available through 11/01/2019

Students and Seniors Not Requiring CEUs: $ 50.00 each

Vendor Registration: $ 150.00 each
Registration Cutoff Date:
Dates & Times:
11/07/2019   8:30AM - 3:30PM Arranged