Careers in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Are you drawn to a career in hospice and palliative medicine?
"For the first time in my medical career I told a family their Dad was dying right in front of our eyes. But at the end of the meeting I was hugged and thanked (also for the first time in my medical career) for helping them navigate a dark and frightening path. I never realized my medical powers extended to helping people by having an actual conversation with them. I had really thought until this point it was about numbers and tests and medicine."
Definition of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Hospice and palliative medicine is a medical specialty focused on enhancing quality of life for patients and their families who are facing life-limiting or serious conditions. Hospice and palliative medicine specialists concentrate on managing pain and other symptoms while addressing the spiritual, emotional, and social concerns surrounding the patient and their illness. HPM Physicians develop particular expertise in:
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Hospice and palliative medicine is best practiced with the help of an interdisciplinary team. Team members may include physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, volunteers, and mental health providers. Palliative Medicine is practiced in hospital consultation services, hospices, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics.
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The following personal stories follow the pathways of physicians now working in hospice & palliative medicine. Click on the positions below to learn more.
Hospice Physician - Dorece Norris, MD
Hospice Physician based at Veterans Administration - Jose Cariaga, MD
Hospice Associate Medical Director and Palliative Medicine Consultant - Christian Sinclair, MD FAAHPM
Hospital-based Palliative Care Consultant and Fellowship Director - Drew Rosielle, MD
AAHPM has provided information on the various resources and programs available for physicians interested in hospice and palliative medicine whether you’re entering the field or looking for development opportunities as a mid-career practitioner.
Continuing Education Curriculum
Various resources and programs are available for physicians interested in hospice and palliative medicine. Find AAHPM recommended staged approach highlighting introductory and ongoing education available in the Continuing Education Curriculum.
AAHPM also offers a variety of educational programs and resources to enhance your knowledge. Visit the LEARN section of the AAHPM Website to learn more.