IMED662DM.11 (Las Vegas)
Hospice Care/Palliative Medicine

Office of Medical Education

Please contact the Department of Internal Medicine: Las Vegas to verify elective availability.

Goals/Objectives

  • Define Hospice Care/Palliative Medicine;
  • Discuss the role of Hospice/Palliative Medicine in the home, nursing home, and inpatient setting;
  • List 3 levels of care provided by Hospice;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pain management as it applies to Palliative Care;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of non-pain Symptom Management as it applies to Palliative Care;
  • Discuss two methods of delivering bad/difficult news;
  • Demonstrate one method useful in providing emotional support for people who were dying and for families before and after death;
  • Describe one model of grief and loss in the Center;
  • Discuss the role of spirituality in Death & Dying;
  • Discuss hospice philosophy of suicide and assisted suicide and describe one method useful in addressing these issues with patients’ fears;
  • Describe and discuss one method to recognize/identify the point where patients may benefit from transition from aggressive treatment to Palliative Care.

Description of Rotation

Team meetings, In-Patient and Patient visits, Home visits, Nathan Adelson Hospice visits, Self-study, Lectures, Support group meetings, Video, Spiritual counseling.

References/Materials

  • Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine
  • Hospice/Palliative Care Training for Physician Self-study Program AAHPM
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Core Curriculum and Review
  • Variety of articles on pain and non-pain symptom management

Evaluation Method

Subjective/Objective - oral examination, written examination

Grade

  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives