Read "Are We Making Progress? One Medical School’s Assessment of an Evolving Integrated Palliative Medicine Curriculum" (The Internet Journal of Pain, Symptom Control and Palliative Care ; 22 Jul 10)
Dr. Walter Forman started the Palliative Care Initiative in 2000 through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to develop a rural hospice network in New Mexico. Dr. Judith Kitzes joined him in 2001 with a Soros Foundation, Death In America Scholars grant to establish a palliative care curriculum for the medical student curriculum. With the support of an Arthur Vining Davis Foundation grant, this integrated curriculum covers all four years with interactive lectures, “death rounds”, Care Beyond Cure seminars, problem based learning tutorials, and elective rotations.
In 2009, the palliative care inpatient consultation service opened under the directorship of Dr. Lisa Marr. The palliative care inter-professional team includes physicians, advance practice nurses, a health educator, a social worker, arts-in-medicine program staff and collaborates with UNMH Pastoral Care. The service sees patients throughout the hospital and receives consultations from all admitting services.
In 2012, the Palliative Care section started the first ACGME accredited Palliative Medicine Fellowship in New Mexico.