The PGY2 Palliative Care and Pain Management resident pharmacist will develop the skills to become an expert in pain and symptom management in patients with diverse disease states, through clinical experiences in various practice areas and at different practice areas. Training plans will be customized to best support the resident pharmacist in achieving his or her interests and career goals.
The UIHC Palliative Care Service supports adult patients, families, and healthcare providers across the UIHC continuum. As the ninth palliative care program in the country to achieve Joint Commission accreditation, it provides high quality, interdisciplinary palliative care to patients, and their families, who are living with persistent or recurring serious illness that adversely affect daily functioning or will predictably reduce life expectancy. The Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic, housed within the Medical Specialties clinic, is an essential component of the palliative care continuum of care. Many patients are referred from inpatient admissions, and some are admitted to the inpatient palliative care unit for severe symptom management, providing an opportunity to assist in care transitions. Patients referred to the palliative care clinic may be living with cancer (~50%), advanced lung disease, advanced heart disease, or advanced neurological disease, or they may be in cancer survivorship.
The palliative care service has dedicated attending physicians, two palliative medicine physician fellows in-training, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists. The inpatient service also has chaplains, a social worker, a music therapist, and a robust volunteer program. The outpatient service works closely with a psychologist and with social workers in the Holden Cancer Center.