We are fellowship-trained Hospice and Palliative Medicine physicians who have backgrounds in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics. We have developed a special interest in educating healthcare professionals about the particular needs of those who are facing chronic and terminal illnesses.
We do not mean for this site to replace your own research or professional judgment in caring for your patients, but we hope you can find it to be a resource to provide outstanding care.
Dr. Tara Kattine
Sometimes you must take care of patients who will never be completely healthy again. You must empathetically give them the horrible news and then help them feel better despite the diagnosis. You take care to support them and their loved ones while not burning out yourself.
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Dr. Nancy Hart Wicker
It is important to recognize that our patients are more than their diseases and need to be cared for holistically - body, mind, and spirit. Every individual's experience is different, and we need to incorporate their values into their treatment plans. We need to manage ourselves, too, so that we do not burn out.
Dr. Katie Mollo
We should listen to our patients and their families to gain a better understanding of what is important to them in how they live their lives. One of the most important things we can do is advocate for our patients to help them in their struggles to live as well as possible. We also need to tend to patients and their families as a whole.
Educating healthcare professionals
one podcast at a time
Episode #1 Introduction to Palliative Medicine & Hospice: Reviews concepts for practicing clinicians with an important link - Choosing wisely - www.choosingwisely.org
Discussion of The Hospitalist article: 10 Things Hospitalists Need to Know about Palliative Care -
Episode #2 Delivering Important News: Tips From Experience
Episode #3 Hope: Evolution of hope when it seems hope may be lost.
Discussion of how to help patients face a serious illness without providing false hope.
Article about hope from The Oncologist: Hope
Episode #4 Discussion of JPSM article: Addressing a Patent's Hope for a Miracle https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/29030208/M
Episode #5 Both Sides of the Stethoscope (Part 1): An interview with Suzanne, a neuro ICU nurse-turned hospice nurse, who faces terminal cancer at home with hospice services. She courageously faces death with thoughtful intention as she focuses on living well.
Episode #6 Both Sides of the Stethoscope (Part 2): The completion of our interview with Suzanne as she shares her experience in hope that we could benefit from her what she has learned.
Episode #7 Futility - Origins, Concepts, Principles, Perspectives, & Policy: An overview and discussion of futility with cases and resources
Episode #8 Grief (Part 1): Back to the Basics with tips to understand and help your patients and their loved ones who are grieving. Features an interview with Shannon Dunavan, LCSW
Highlighted Books by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, MD:
On Death and Dying
Questions and Answers on Death and Dying
Episode #9 Grief (Part 2): Beyond the Basics features Shanon Dunavan, LCSW with more tips on helping people in all stages of grief, but especially through what many think of as the more difficult stages of grief - anger and denial.
Episode #10 Constipation: An Underrated Symptom and Often Undertreated
Get the straight poop on constipation and effective therapies and a discussion about the use of docusate. Drawing from articles in several journals, including JPSM, we discuss the importance of management, eliminating ineffective interventions and providing useful treatment.
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Episode #11 Empathy, Don't Be an A**hole
Empathy is an important aspect in caring for our patients. It helps our patients and helps us. Learn more about its importance and learn about tools and skills to help with communicating empathy
Podcast #12 Quality of Life: An
Important Concept in the Care of Our Patients
Quality of Life has been key in the care of palliative care and hospice patients. It should help to drive decision-making. Often the determination of quality is not decided by those who should.
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