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New Program Targets Major Healthcare Workforce Gap

Group of Medical ProfessionalsNew Program Targets Major Healthcare Workforce Gap

Patients Needing Palliative Care Far Outstrip Number of Trained Providers

SAN DIEGO – March 5, 2018 – A serious workforce gap in palliative medicine that prevents vulnerable patients from accessing needed care has spurred a new education initiative launched by the California State University Institute for Palliative Care.

The initiative, Essential Palliative Care Skills for Every Clinician, is a comprehensive online curriculum that equips family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other providers to utilize basic palliative care principles in caring for patients with serious or life-limiting disease. Palliative care is a whole person approach to care focused on supporting patient choices, managing pain and psychosocial distress and improving quality of life, with or without curative treatment.

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Doris A. Howell Award Bestowed on Two Palliative Care Champions

Doris A. Howell, MDTwo Palliative Care Pioneers honored with 2nd annual Doris A. Howell Award

CSU Institute for Palliative Care honors Dr. Gary Buckholz and Dr. Kimberly Bower for advancing palliative care in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO – Jan. 10, 2018 – Two palliative care specialists whose work has significantly transformed care for patients and families in San Diego County have been named the 2017 recipients of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s Doris A. Howell, MD, Award for Advancing Palliative Care.

2017 Doris Howell Award Recipients
CSU Institute for Palliative Care Executive Director Jennifer Moore Ballentine and California State University San Marcos President Dr. Karen Haynes, with the Institute’s 2017 recipients of the Doris A. Howell, MD, Award for Advancing of Palliative Care, Dr. Gary Buckholz and Dr. Kimberly Bower.

Gary Buckholz, MD, FAAHPM, a nationally recognized physician/educator and Clinical Professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and Kimberly Bower, MD, Chief of Palliative Medicine at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, were presented with the 2nd annual award on Jan. 9 during a ceremony at the Institute’s headquarters at California State University San Marcos.

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$25,000 in Scholarships Awarded

Apples and BooksScholarships awarded to San Diego County Health Professionals

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care recently awarded $25,000 in scholarships for palliative care education to 16 health professionals in San Diego County.

The Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition in any Institute course, and are designed to expand and elevate the delivery of palliative care throughout the San Diego region.

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