Palliative care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems. The goal is not to cure. Palliative care is also called comfort care, supportive care, and symptom management.
Second year Residents have a choice of excellent inpatient and/or outpatient Palliative Care Rotations.
In addition, several of our Teaching Practice preceptors are involved in managing palliative patients as part of their regular practice. Residents may participate in this community care horizontally during their core family rotations through arrangements with these physicians.