UNM Palliative Care Office
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-4868
Fax: (505) 272-9134

Clinical services

The Palliative Care service is housed within the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine in the UNM School of Medicine. To request a Palliative Care consultation, please call (505) 272-4868.

Palliative Medicine Fellowship

DEADLINE:  October 1, 2014

The Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico is Accepting Application NOW for a one-year adult clinical fellowship in Palliative Medicine to start July 2015. Read more.

Section informs palliative care for UNM educational community

Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care

Palliative care is medical care focused on relief of pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness,
whatever the diagnosis or prognosis. The goal is to help alleviate physical, psychosocial and
spiritual suffering, and to help achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families.

Section of Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine is housed within the Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Palliative Care Mission Statement

  • Providing outstanding clinical care and 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

Clinical Programs

The Palliative Care adult in-patient consultation service consists of an interdisciplinary team of Palliative Care (PC) board certified physicians, advanced practice nurses, a clinical social worker, a health educator, Arts-in-Medicine providers and collaboration with the hospital’s Pastoral Care department. We see patients admitted to UNM Hospital who have serious or life threatening illness and help with pain and symptom management, clarification of goals of care, patient and family support and advance care planning.