An update of AAHPM activities during the week of October 29, 2018 follows:
The National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th ed (NCP Guidelines), endorsed by AAHPM, have been published and are available to download or purchase. The Guidelines establish a comprehensive foundation for gold-standard palliative care for all people living with serious illness and include clinical and organizational strategies, screening and assessment elements, practice examples, tools and resources.
The 2019 Call for Volunteers recently opened. Share your skills and expertise in the hospice and palliative medicine while growing professionally and advancing the field. Complete an application and select a committee, working group, or advisory group that interests you. Deadline to apply is November 14.
AAHPM Public Policy Committee co-chair Kyle Edmonds will serve as the Academy’s representative on a Prescribing Guidelines and Evidence Standards Working Group, one of four new groups established under the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. The Collaborative is examining drivers of the opioid crisis and how to coordinate multidisciplinary, public-private responses.
The AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies’ (CFAS) Diversity Committee, under the leadership of Chair VJ Periyakoil, AAHPM representative, produced an online D&I Toolkit to raise awareness of the issues of diversity in academic medicine. Also, AAHPM was profiled in the recent issue of CFAS Update highlighting the Academy’s work in quality improvement, research and public policy.
More than 400 case submissions and scholar e-posters were submitted for the 2019 Annual Assembly. The committee will review them and submitters will be notified in mid-December.