Section informs palliative care for UNM educational community
As a section within the Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine and Department of Internal Medicine, the Section's mission is to provide leadership in promoting the integration of Palliative Care knowledge, skills and attitudes into the UNM HSC educational community. The Section addresses the issue of enhanced professional satisfaction among our trainees caring for these patients. The section plays a leadership role in palliative care training for physicians practicing in rural New Mexico. This mission of this Section is accomplished through:
- Academic palliative care education and training opportunities to School of Medicine’s clinical programs with sensitivity to the cultural needs of American Indian and Hispanic communities;
- Palliative care research and scholarship;
- Collaboration with local, state, and national organizations to improve palliative care services in New Mexico.
The Palliative Care in-patient adult service consists of an interdisciplinary team of Palliative Care (PC) board certified physicians, a PC board certified advanced practice nurse, a Native American health educator, a hospital chaplain, Arts-in-Medicine facilitators and collaboration with the hospital’s social work department.
- Providing leadership to improve quality of life (physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural) for patients and families dealing with a life-threatening illness
- Treating patients, families, colleagues and trainees with compassion, respect, and an appreciation of diversity
- Educating the current and future generation of clinicians to care for patients with advanced illness
- Advancing the field of palliative care through research
- Collaborating with local, state and national organizations to improve palliative care services in New Mexico