Archive for June, 2012

What to Do and Eat in Louisville

Over 1,200 people will be traveling to Louisville for the AAHPM Intensive Board Review Course, and the burning question on everyone’s mind is … where am I going to eat? Or is it… what am I going to do? Actually, with the packed schedule of educational sessions, food is more likely to be something of an afterthought. There are many dining options available beyond the nearest McDonald’s or room service, however, so be sure to take advantage of the amazing variety of restaurants to experience while in Louisville. With recommendations ranging from casual cafes to fine dining, several AAHPM members who are locals have graciously shared their favorite restaurants and attractions in the area.

So, where are you going to eat? Below are the favorites from our members.

American Cuisine:

The historic Brown and Seelbach hotels downtown have great food. The Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel is legendary and you can have cocktails in the lobby, where there is usually a pianist.

21C Museum Hotel restaurant, Proof

Jack Fry’s on Bardstown Rd is one member’s choice for the best restaurant to represent Louisville.

Hillbilly Tea Restaurant & Tea House


Bluegrass Brewing Company Brewery & Restaurant

Garage Bar


Ghyslain Bakery

The Blind Pig

Impelleizzeri’s Pizza

Wick’s Pizza Parlor

Bourbon’s Bistro

Café Lou Lou

Equus & Jack’s Lounge

Coal’s Artisan Pizza

Eddie Merlots

Jeff Ruby’s



The Silver Dollar Saloon

Great flavors from around the world:

Havana Rumba- Cuban

Mayan Café- Mayan food from the Yucatán peninsula

Seviche- Latin

el Mundo- Mexican

Sapparo- Sushi

The Irish Rover- Irish pub

La Coop- French Bistro

Majid’s- Middle Eastern

Simply Thai- Thai

Rami’s Café on the World- International Cuisine

Volare- Italian

Procini- Northern Italian

Veranese- Italian

Mozz Restaurant- Italian

Desserts & Sweets:

Please & Thank You

The Comfy Cow Ice Creamery

Sweet Surrender Dessert Café

Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

Muth’s- make sure to try the toffee!

Things to do while you are in town:

July 13-15, 2012 is the 10th Anniversary of the Forecastle Festival. This three day Art and Music fest was ranked one of the Top 31 Coolest Tours and Festivals by Rolling Stone.

21C Museum Hotel was voted the #1 hotel in America and it has a contemporary art museum inside of it.

Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and catch a game at Slugger Field, where the minor league Louisville Bats are playing at home. Then visit Against The Grain Restaurant & Brewery which is located at the Louisville Bats Baseball Stadium.

Tour the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs

Stop by the Muhammad Ali Center and Frazier History Museum.

Waterfront Wednesdays are at the riverfront, are free and they feature live music.

The Kentucky Center is showing Circus Circus.

Catch an Indie film at Baxter Ave Theatre.

Take a stroll through the exhibits at the Kentucky Museum of Arts & Crafts.

The Vernon Club offers traditional bowling lanes.


The Bardstown Rd area is vibrant and young.

Frankfort Avenue is more family-oriented with ice cream shops, restaurants, and stores.

Nu Lu is very close to the Convention Center and is a must with eclectic shops and galleries.

Butchertown Market is home to a collection of shops that showcase the incomparable styles and flavors of Louisville.

For more information on all that Louisville has to offer visit the CVB website.

Comfort from a Robot?

by Jen Bose, AAHPM Coordinator, Marketing & Membership

After reading Last Moment Robot: ‘End of Life Detected’ I was a little torn. I didn’t know if I felt having a robot comfort me during the last hours or minutes of my life was creepy or really forward thinking and almost logical. As long as I can remember technology has been a huge part of my life and the lives of everyone around me. That part of me thought that the idea was pretty rational and that it makes complete sense. That is probably the same part of me that loved Terminator 2 as a child. Robots and computers have been integrated into everyday life and dying is part of that process. It seems like the next natural step.

While there is no replacement for genuine human interaction and compassion, I think the “last moment robot” would be oddly comforting to me. Perhaps my family couldn’t be with me because of timing or distance. I would want someone or something there with me. Is a robot that comforts you really that different from seeking the same comfort from a teddy bear or other stuffed animal? If given the choice between spending my last hours alone or with a robot that has been developed to mimic the comforting effect of another person I would take the robot. Would you?

Educator Resource #1: MedEdPortal

We will be posting a series of emails/blog posts to highlight educational resources from the Education SIG throughout the year. Comments are welcome.

Dear Colleagues and Education SIG members

Now that we’ve gotten past the excitement of abstract submissions for next year’s Assembly in New Orleans, Lynn and I would like to engage you in sharing education resources with each other and our broader community. The goal is to promote increased scholarship for and dissemination of palliative care education initiatives. This email will be the first in a series to highlight a specific educator resource. All emails will also be posted on the AAHPM blog to engage a larger group of our colleagues. We encourage you to read about these resources, share your personal experiences with them, ask questions about them, pass them along to colleagues, and contribute to the conversation. Please also contact either of us directly if you would like to share a specific resource or have other ideas for pushing the shared vision of our Education SIG community forward.

Cheers, Everyone,

Laura Morrison, Chair
Lynn O’Neill, Chair-Elect
Education Special Interest Group, AAHPM

Educator Resource #1: MedEdPortal

This major resource focuses on academic medical and dental education and is operated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Above all, MedEdPortal is a free, peer reviewed publication service. Because MedEdPortal publishes teaching and faculty development materials and assessment tools, it also serves as a place to find such things. In addition to medical and dental education materials, the website indicates they are now accepting interprofessional educational materials submissions that are relevant to medical or dental education. Those from non-medical disciplines can visit and submit materials.

The 3 main reasons to visit MedEdPortal:

1) Finding Education Materials and Resources for Your Program: One can easily search for curricular and assessment materials by numerous categories (medical specialty, ACGME competency, etc.) Searching under palliative care currently yields 27 items with some authors among our SIG community. You must create an account to log in and actually see the posted materials but summaries are accessible to anyone. Citations are also listed. Go see what resources you can find and avoid re-inventing the wheel.

2) Submitting Your Materials: A clear and rigorous submission and peer review process is described and diagramed on the website. This is much like a journal submission as far a formality, including a waiting period for review and feedback from editors with a decision (acceptance, rejection, and acceptance with revision). All materials accepted are published with a citation. Some institutions with clinician-educator pathways are giving these publications weight nearly equal to journal publications. Many aren’t but are still recognizing these as publications on a CV. As far as the timeline, MedEdPortal went through a major reorganization process last year to increase the efficiency of their system. It is new and improved. You should consider a submission, especially if your initiative will not be published in an article. Also, some materials published in articles are still eligible for publication here.

3) Peer Reviewing for Others: For those health professions educators interested in gaining peer review experience in this arena, MedEdPortal is accepting reviewer nominations. The website has very explicit detail about the review process and guidelines listed on the website. The listed contact is:


Does anyone have experience with MedEdPortal? Have you found helpful materials or had success with a submission? Is anyone a peer reviewer?

Colleagues have indicated to me that the submission process requires attention and effort and that the review process is rigorous and highly repected. If one is successful with a publication, it’s a nice accomplishment and contribution. Comments?

I hope you’ll all consider a visit to the website and remember this terrific resource. Obviously, we need to encourage them to have a specific category for our subspecialty, and we need to grow the number of palliative care materials available in the repository.

Cheers, Laura