Inside the Process of Authoring a Book: Diane Meier on Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness

Our recent book, Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 2010), has been a long time coming. I got the invitation from my co-editors Stephen Isaacs and Bob Hughes of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation over three years ago. The book was to be another in an annual series of books on health reform in areas of significant investment by the Foundation. Prior volumes addressed the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and School-Based Clinics, among others.

Hospice and Palliative Care in VA

The Hospice and Palliative Care initiative in VA took on renewed strength and vigor in 2008 when specific funding was allocated to this initiative. Since then, Palliative Care Consulting Teams (PCCTs) have been developed in every VA facility. Regional oversight of these teams is being provided by a Program Manager and a Clinical Champion, positions … Read moreHospice and Palliative Care in VA

“Size Matters Not:” More Progress by AAHPM in the AMA House

The AAHPM Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates welcomed back a good friend and effective representative at the AMA’s 2010 Annual Meeting in Chicago, held June 12-15. Dennis S. Pacl, MD FACP – who was instrumental in the securing the Academy’s seat in the House and once served as its delegate – rejoined the team as Alternate Delegate.

A Member’s Perspective on the Geriatrics and Palliative Care Conference in Saudi Arabia

Saudi ARAMCO Medical Services Organization May 24-26, 2010 I participated in a fascinating international medical conference at the Saudi ARAMCO hospital in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I was invited to speak on palliative care topics during a geriatric and palliative care conference by Dr. Richard Dupee, chief, Geriatrics Service, Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Charles Cefalu, a … Read moreA Member’s Perspective on the Geriatrics and Palliative Care Conference in Saudi Arabia

Local HPM Programs Help Physicians Meet Practice Pathway Requirements for HPM Board Certification

Some hospice and palliative care programs are helping physicians in their communities to qualify for board certification in hospice and palliative medicine (HPM), offering “practice pathway” opportunities to accumulate necessary hours of caring for patients while learning the medical subspecialty on the job.

Six month countdown to the HPM Boards!

Lifelong learning is imperative in the medical profession- especially for physicians. Then, every 10 years this knowledge is tested by the American Board of Medical Specialty to assess one’s foundation of knowledge. I understand tests are important, yet rarely have I found them fun and exciting. For me, every board exam causes stress and high … Read moreSix month countdown to the HPM Boards!

Hospice & Palliative Care at the American Geriatrics Society Meeting

What, if anything, is the relationship between geriatrics and palliative medicine? They are clearly separate fields, each with their own distinct areas of competence and interests. There is though an area of overlap that holds the power to transform the way we care for patients with advanced illness. We saw a preview of this at … Read moreHospice & Palliative Care at the American Geriatrics Society Meeting