On Thursday, Dec. 6 at Edwards Interfaith Chapel, the Vail Symposium kicked off the winter season with a panel of experts who gathered at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel on a snowy night to address two difficult, but important, topics: palliative care and medical aid-in-dying (MAID). Regina Fink, the co-director of the Master of Science in Palliative Care at CU, the first such program in the nation, kicked off the evening that included other CU experts such as Dr. Jean Abbott, Dr. Jean Kutner, local physician Dr. Mindy Cooper, PA from Valley View hospital Matt Stinson and Dr. Jeanie Youngwerth as moderator. All of these professionals work in the areas of long-term and end-of-life care. Each speaker helped to further the audience’s understanding of what these interventions consist of, how they are different and how they are making a difference. Especially powerful was Dr. Cooper’s story of her efforts locally to assist patients with end-of-life planning.