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

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Hospice Care/Palliative Medicine
  • Short Name: IMED662DM.11 Hospice/Palliative
  • Course Number: IMED662DM.11
  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 - 4 weeks
  • Preceptors:
    • Warren Wheeler, M.D.
    • NAH Medical Team

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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

Special Notes

To schedule an elective, please contact Anthony Terrell

Ph: (702) 671-2348