Courses in Psychiatry & Internal Medicine


Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Internal Medicine

Palliative Care Communications Seminar

0 units | Offered once per year
This seminar is co-facilitated by Jillian Gustin, MD and Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, Ph.D. of the Center for Palliative Care. The focus is on teaching post-doctoral fellows (physicians and psychologists) and medical students knowledge and skills for communicating with patients about difficult topics (e.g., cancer diagnosis, poor prognosis). Patient-family-provider decision-making is also a focus. Several topics covered include general communication skills, the biopsychosocial approach to care, attending to emotion, shared decision-making, and listening on multiple levels.

Palliative Care Lecture Series (Graduate)

0 units | Offered once per year
This lecture series is offered once per year for post-doctoral fellows and other medical care providers interested in learning more about the field of palliative care. Palliative care is often confused with hospice care. Palliative care is similar to hospice care in terms of the focus on the family and quality of life, but can be provided to patients and families at any point in the disease continuum, including simultaneous with curative treatments. This series of lectures focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for whole person care including providing physical, psychological, social/practical and spiritual care for individuals faced with chronic or terminal illness. Topics include transdiciplinary care, pain management, delirium, insomnia, depression, anxiety, communication, bereavement, pediatric palliative care, advance care planning and DNR, care of the imminently dying, prognostication and ethical decision-making.