Palliative Care Rotation
Overview: The Palliative Care Elective provides residents with hands-on experience caring for patients with serious illness
Call: None, weekends and holidays off
Availability: Year round
Palliative Care: Palliative care is an interdisciplinary team approach to improve the quality of life and relieve suffering for patients and families who face serious illness. Our primary goal is to treat the patient as a whole by addressing their physical, emotional, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs. This is accomplished by exploring healthcare goals, assisting with medical decision making, developing individualized care plans, providing pain and symptom relief, and offering spiritual, cultural and psychosocial support. The palliative care team works alongside the primary care team to provide these services. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of illness, from the time of diagnosis through the end of life and bereavement. It can be provided in conjunction with curative and life prolonging treatments.
Learning Opportunities: During this rotation, under the supervision of the palliative care team, interns and residents will be providing inpatient palliative care consultation services to patients and families facing serious illness in the following areas:
Patients Whom We Serve: Palliative care is available to any patient with serious illness. It includes, but is not limited to, patients with cancer, chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer's and dementia. Additionally, due to the unique mission of Harborview Medical Center we work extensively with patients suffering from trauma, acute stroke/debilitating neurologic illness, and HIV/AIDS. We have special expertise with patients from a diverse range of cultural and religious backgrounds, as well as patients from vulnerable populations.
Palliative Care Rotation Contact, Palliative Medicine Attending:
Director/Attending, Outpatient Palliative Medicine:
Director/Attending Inpatient Palliative Medicine: