In Her Own Words: VJ Periyakoil, MD, discusses IPE

Robert L. Jesse, MD PhD, is a strong proponent of interprofessional clinical and research collaboration and leads the VA Office of Academic Affiliations, the Nation’s largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to health professions education and research. “Health care is a team sport,” said Dr. Jesse. “It is very important that … Read moreIn Her Own Words: VJ Periyakoil, MD, discusses IPE

Call for Action: The IOM Report

Larry Beresford, freelance medical journalist in Alameda, CA (Twitter: @larryberesford) The Institute of Medicine’s landmark new report, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, developed with the active participation of several AAHPM leaders in an exhaustive, 2-year process of evidence-based deliberation, was released on September 17. It contains … Read moreCall for Action: The IOM Report

Disparities, Diversity, and Palliative Care

Larry Beresford We would like to think that hospice and palliative medicine are extremely patient-centered and individualized to the holistic needs and beliefs of each patient and family. But there can be widely differing perspectives across cultural groups about what individuals need in order to feel that their individuality was honored and what will be … Read moreDisparities, Diversity, and Palliative Care

AAHPM Workforce Priorities

In June 2013 the AAHPM board approved the following priorities, including the addition of a senior level staff position fully dedicated to overseeing workforce, leadership, and academic initiatives for the Academy. General 1. Addition of 1.0 FTE staff position (Director level) dedicated to workforce, leadership and Academic initiatives. One clear outcome of the workgroups is … Read moreAAHPM Workforce Priorities

Medical Marijuana: What Should Palliative Care Specialists Know?

by Chad D. Kollas, MD FACP FCLM FAAHPM Read the full article from the summer issue of AAHPM Quarterly. No matter where you live, if you’ve practiced palliative care long enough, one of your patients has asked you about medical marijuana. “Does it help pain? Does it help nausea or poor appetite? And, perhaps the … Read moreMedical Marijuana: What Should Palliative Care Specialists Know?

AAHPM Quarterly Article Highlights Job Satisfaction in HPM

by Larry Beresford Most hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) professionals have been asked, “How can you do this work? Isn’t it depressing?” Depressing, some folks assume, because so many of the patients die, even though it is often expected. And yet, the experiences of those in the field is, in many cases, just the opposite—many … Read moreAAHPM Quarterly Article Highlights Job Satisfaction in HPM

What Is Palliative Care?

by Ruth Mugalian, Public Communications Inc. Read the full article about defining palliative care in the Winter issue of The Quarterly. When I talk about my work with hospice and palliative medicine specialists and why I enjoy it, I usually say something like this: “They’re doctors who take care of very sick patients. They relieve … Read moreWhat Is Palliative Care?

On Organ Donation and Patient Wishes

by Katie Macaluso, AAHPM Quarterly Managing Editor If you’re a member of AAHPM, you should be spotting a copy of the fall issue of AAHPM Quarterly in your mailbox any day now (if it hasn’t arrived already). Pick up this issue to learn more about the 2012 Annual Assembly, certification deadlines, advocacy efforts, and where … Read moreOn Organ Donation and Patient Wishes