Spirituality + Religion? Spirituality vs. Religion? Spirituality includes Religion?

Discussion around spirituality and religion are more evident and public in our academic circles and in our society in general. A good thing I believe. A stroll through my Twitter feeds this morning yielded an article about a legal challenge in New York State to the tax exempt status of a pagan group presumably in … Read moreSpirituality + Religion? Spirituality vs. Religion? Spirituality includes Religion?

Insights on IOM’s Dying in America Report

For patients and their loved ones, no care decisions are more profound than those made near the end of life. For the millions of Americans who work in or with the health care sector—including clinicians, clergy, caregivers, and support staff—providing high-quality care for people who are nearing the end of life is a matter of … Read moreInsights on IOM’s Dying in America Report

Hospice Deprescribing and Goals-of-Care Discussions

Shaida Talebreza, MD HMDC Editor’s note: In the fall 2014 Quarterly Clinical Pearls Article “Goals-of-Care Discussions for Deprescribing,” Dr. Talebreza shares ways (and even a sample script) for healthcare providers to engage patients in decision making regarding medication deprescribing. The following is a tool, created by Dr. Talebreza, to help hospice professionals to determine the … Read moreHospice Deprescribing and Goals-of-Care Discussions

The Coleman Palliative Medicine Education Program

Recognizing the importance of palliative care service and the shortage of trained palliative care providers, the Coleman Foundation of Chicago awarded a grant to the Chicagoland Palliative Medicine Physicians’ Collective to train medical and interdisciplinary providers at hospitals across the Chicago area. The Mission Improve the quality of palliative care services at hospitals in the … Read moreThe Coleman Palliative Medicine Education Program

How high to set the bar? Debates over TJC standards are healthy and familiar

The Joint Commission has proposed “enhancements” to the advanced certification requirements for palliative care programs and has requested comments by August 21, 2014 via online survey. A healthy debate about some of the new requirements is taking place on AAHPM listservs and social media platforms. I love seeing the passionate concerns about how best to … Read moreHow high to set the bar? Debates over TJC standards are healthy and familiar

AAHPM participates in ABIM MOC discussions

On July 15, we had the opportunity to participate in a Summit convened by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and attended by ABIM leaders and 26 societies representing both primary internal medicine and medicine subspecialties. The Summit was scheduled in response to the dissatisfaction with the ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program expressed … Read moreAAHPM participates in ABIM MOC discussions

Caring for the Human Spirit: Integrating Spiritual Care in Healthcare

The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network held its first major conference on spiritual care in health care this past spring. The attendees were very pleased with the results and encouraged us to hold the event yearly. We are now in the planning stages of our 2015 Conference titled “Caring for the Human Spirit: Integrating Spiritual Care in … Read moreCaring for the Human Spirit: Integrating Spiritual Care in Healthcare

AAHPM Leadership Forum: Ascend – Assess Your HPM Leadership Skills & Competencies

“All leaders are born, but exemplary leaders are made” (The Leadership Challenge®, A Wiley Brand) Leadership is an observable set of skills and abilities that can be measured and learned. In fact, leadership development is really self-development. AAHPM Leadership Forum: Ascend is an intensive two-day opportunity to explore leadership as it relates to relationship building, … Read moreAAHPM Leadership Forum: Ascend – Assess Your HPM Leadership Skills & Competencies