Section informs palliative care for UNM educational community
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
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.