Open Forum Educational Sessions

Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant

Open Forum Educational Sessions

Suggest a Topic

If you have a suggestion for topic we could address in an upcoming session, let us know.


Kathryn Murphy

Patient Family Liaison

(608) 890-8312

Father and SonThe Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Department would like all parents to know that we value your input and feedback. We encourage parents and our patients over 18 to consider attending our "Open Forum" Educational Sessions.

These sessions are opportunities for you to meet other parents, advise hospital staff on issues of importance in the care of your children and be a part of essential feedback and discussion. All sessions will be held at the American Family Children’s Hospital and include a light dinner, presentation and a question/answer session.

Some parents come to all sessions; some come to only a few. Regardless of how many sessions you can come to, we encourage you to sign up to stay in contact and be a part of the sessions - as little or as much as you can.

2016 Sessions

March 22: Helping Other People Help You - Using Resources. Featuring Kathryn Murphy, Patient Family Liaison. RSVP online

April 26: Going to Camp. Featuring a panel of representatives from Wisconsin-area Oncology Camps. RSVP online

May 31: Topic to be Determined.

July 26: Back to School - School Re-entry Before, During and After Treatment. Featuring a panel discussion with health care providers. RSVP online

August 23: Topic to be Determined.

September 24: Topic to be Determined.

October 25: Topic to be Determined.

November 15: Topic to be Determined.

Looking for Topics!

We are looking for topic suggestions for our 2016 schedule. Please email Kathryn Murphy at for suggestions on topics that you think patients and families would like to attend.

Sessions will be held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30pm, with the exception of June and December (no meetings), and the November meeting will be the third Tuesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

For questions, or to make a suggestion, contact:

Kathryn Murphy
Patient Family Liaison
(608) 890-8312

A light dinner will be served. Registration is strongly encouraged as it helps us determine dinner accommodations, but is not required. 

Learning Opportunities

At "Open Forum" sessions, we often invite speakers to discuss topics relevant to our parent community.

Topics from recent meetings include:

Why Learning to Forgive is Important to Your Health

Integrative Medicine and Pediatric Cancer Care

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Parents of Children with Cancer

The Challenges of Parenting When Children Are Ill

Video: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - A Common Response to Childhood Cancer Video: How Can I Discipline My Child Who is Already Suffering? | Powerpoint Slides from Dr. Farrell's Presentation