I recently came across a paper written by Dr. Jessica Zitter in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, where she proposes creating a new society, the American Society for Patient Centered Physicians (ASPCP). “Its purpose would be to bring together physicians of all specialties whose treatment philosophy prioritizes patient-specific rather than specialty-specific approaches.”  

I thought the idea was brilliant and wanted to share it with our CKN readers, here’s a link:  The American Society for Patient-Centered Physicians.  Dr. Zitter also gave me the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her thoughts on the potential benefits of integrating palliative care education into mainstream medical training. Please take a look and share/comment.
– Karen Irwin, CKN Project Coordinator

by Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

In your opinion, which doctors should ideally be trained in palliative care? Every single one. At least partly. Every physician should be equipped with basic pain management and communication skills, and encouraged to call for help from specialty Palliative Care physicians if needed.  By denying physicians this comprehensive training, we deny young physicians like Rebecca the support and guidance they require in learning how to have difficult conversations with their patients, a skill that every successful physician must acquire.  These skills are part of being a doctor, and if we delegate them only to the field of palliative care medicine, patients will suffer, and so will we.

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