This hour long Palliative Care Conference is held 6-12 times a year at 7:30 AM at the FMLH Cancer Care Center. All members of the FMLH PC Team will be invited including physician faculty, midlevel faculty, resident/medical student/fellow level rotators on the service. The fellow will be expected to present a PC Case Conference two times/year. The intent of the Palliative Care Case Conference is to perform a thorough chart review of a sentinel palliative care case that analyzes the efficiencies and structure of the systems based practice in which palliative care is delivered throughout the health system.
Fellow Lecture Series
Physician and other non-physician faculty lead weekly hour long didactic lectures on key topics essential to the medical knowledge of a palliative medicine fellow. The lecture series is held Thursday mornings and is also attended by Hematology/Oncology fellows and MSW and Psychology Fellows from the VA. Please see the link for the 2013-2014 schedule.
Quality Improvement Project
Throughout the year-long fellowship, the fellow will receive protected time to obtain instruction on quality improvement and systems-based change theory. This will come via a didactic lecture provided by Dr. Lamb via the Department of Medicine Fellows Lecture series, as well as via mentorship by Dr. Katherine Recka, the designated physician leader of the QI project for the palliative care fellows. The QI project is designed to provide protected time, training, guidance, and supervision necessary in developing a project that leads to improving processes of care delivery.
All practitioners in palliative medicine need protected time and space to safely explore the emotional issues of providing care and presence for patients and families facing end of life issues. Psycho-Social Rounds is designed to give this protected time and occurs monthly throughout the fellowship on Tuesday mornings. During psycho-social rounds, physician and non-physician faculty meet with our team psychologist Associate Professor Jo Weis PhD who leads the rounds in exploring such issues as establishing appropriate boundaries in a palliative care practice, how to identify signs and symptoms of clinical burn-out, and difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for ill patients.
The Palliative Care Journal Club meets twice monthly, on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, to critically review recent research relevant to palliative care clinical practice. Palliative Care faculty, fellows, as well as medical student and resident rotators are invited to present interesting articles. Guide to presenting at journal club
The Schwartz Center Rounds are a multidisciplinary forum where clinical caregivers can discuss confidential difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. Offering a safe, open and relaxed place where you can share your concerns, experiences, thoughts, and feelings. For more information about the national program: www.theschwartzcenter.org
Medical trainees need professional development training as they care for patients and their families during serious illness and end of life. Supervision is a professional activity in which trainees develop understanding and awareness of influences such as beliefs and culturally embedded values that contribute to clinical practice. It involves observation, evaluation, feedback and facilitation of self-assessment. It provides opportunities to discuss difficult or emotionally charged encounters with patient and families, which promotes the development of a self-reflective and self-respectful approach to clinical practice. This study examines the effects of bi-weekly supervision with a licensed psychologist on the professional development of medical doctors working with the seriously ill through quantitative and qualitative methods.
American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Annual Assembly
Attendance at the the AAHPM Annual Assembly is an important educational asset to palliative care fellows and expenses to attend are covered in full by personal development and palliative care funds.