News and Events: UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute
The UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute participates in many community, educational, and professional events, throughout the Pittsburgh area and around the country. We invite you to get in touch with us to learn more.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Walk
The Palliative and Supportive Institute served as a sponsor for the Memory Tent at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Walk. More than 100 families visited the tent for information on palliative care and bereavement resources. Staff from PSI collaborated with peers from Family Hospice and Palliative Care in providing support to individuals, families and caregivers.
National Healthcare Decisions Day Tele Town Hall engages seniors
Staff from the Palliative and Supportive Institute teamed with UPMC's Donald D. Wolff, Jr. Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation and Julian Gray Associates elder law attorneys in an informational tele town hall event on the topic of advance directives and advance care planning.
Fielding a steady stream of questions from caller participants were experts Robert M. Arnold, MD, Medical Director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, and Julian Gray, CELA.
The half-hour event reached more than 5000 seniors, 74% of whom requested additional information on the topics discussed. Special thanks to Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, Megan King, RN, CHPN, and Susan Saxon, CRNP, MSN, FNP-BC for their behind-the-scenes support.
2017 Alan Gleitsman Student Research Fund in Palliative Care
The Alan Gleitsman Student Research Fund in Palliative Care provides financial support of $3,000 for a medical student's summer learning in the Palliative Care Program. Students may, for example, work with the faculty of the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics on a research project, and/or see hospital patients with the Palliative Care Team in the hospital to gain a better understanding of the nature of palliative care, the therapies associated with it, and the benefits it can provide to patients and families.
For complete details and instructions download the Gleitsman Fund Announcement.
Congratulations to Laura McNamara, recipient of the 2016 Gleitsman Fund. Laura has just completed her first year of medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. Under the mentorship of Drs. Yael Schenker and Scott Maurer of Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh, Laura will examine how previous encounters with religious/spiritual care in the hospital setting affect caregivers' perceptions about physician-administered religious/spiritual care in the pediatric division of palliative care at Childrens Hospital.
2017 Evelyn B. Amdur Social Work Fellowship in Palliative Care
The 2017 Amdur Fellowship in Palliative Care provides an intensive one month internship in palliative care social work under the guidance of one of the nation's leading academic palliative care programs. This fellowship is designed for social work students with prior hospital experience who would like to consider professional specialization in palliative care.
For complete details, download the Amdur Fellowship Guidelines (PDF).
Gregory Valdisera is the recipeint of the 2016 Amdur Fellowship. Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the
University of Pittsburgh. Come Fall 2016, he begins his second year in the
University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Social Work program, with a concentration
in Direct Practice.
Gregory will be hosted by Mary M. Alberth, MSW, LCSW, a Senior Clinical Social Worker with the Supportive & Palliative Care team at UPMC Presbyterian-Montefiore. Mary will act as mentor and facilitate Greg’s one-month immersion experience in palliative care team, with a focus on the integral role of social work in end-of-life care, supporting patients and families in both hospital and community settings.
Medical Students Volunteer To Play Music For Patients
A group of medical students, lead by Sae Jang, volunteered to play music for patients at UPMC Presbyterian. Palliative care physician Dr. Jane Schell helps the students connect with the right patients. Read the full article and watch a video from KDKA
Communication Strategies to Improve Cultural Competence
Dr. Jane O. Schell, palliative care physician at UPMC Presbyterian and Shadyside hospitals, co-authored an article addressing communication and cultural competence as it relates to shard decision-making. It was published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Read the article
PharmD travels to China for Clinical Pharmacy Forum
Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD with UPMC's Palliative and Supportive Institute and the University of Pittsburgh, participated in the 2016 Sino American Forum of Clinical Pharmacy in Shanghai, China. Jennifer presented on the topic of "Palliative Clinical Pharmacy Care in the United States."
Physician Training on End-of-life Conversations
Dr. Winifred G. Teuteberg, Medical Director of Community Supportive Services, discusses ongoing physician training related to end-of-life conversations with patients in this piece from the Tribune Review. Read the article.
The Unreasonable Patient
Dr. Andrew Thurston, a UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute physician at UPMC Mercy, recently had an opinion piece published in the Journal of American Medical Association. Read the reflection here.
PSI In The News
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently featured an in-depth story on the nature and benefits of palliative care for seriously ill patients. Read the story and watch the accompanying video interview with Robert Arnold, MD, Medical Director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute.
What does Palliative care mean to you?
The Palliative and Supportive Team at UPMC St. Margaret posted the question "What does palliative care mean to you" in the first floor of the hospital and garnered some great responses from participants.
"This has spurred some great discussion amongst our staff and I am really proud of what the team has come up with," said Palliative Care Program Manager, Megan King.
Some of the responses included:
- "Palliative care means relief from pain and stress"
- "I'm not sure what I am facing – I need to talk"
- "Management of a patient’s symptoms and special needs to prevent complications and promote a better sense of well-being."
- "Palliative care is your best friend if you have a chronic illness. A best friend to help you, to treat you, to support you, to encourage you, and to nurture you. A best friend that everyone should have.
Robert M. Arnold, MD, Discusses Palliative Care and End of Life Issues on WESA Radio
Dr. Robert M. Arnold, Medical Director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute discussed palliative care, end-of-life issues, and how better communication can help patients, families, and their caregivers that are facing a serious illness or end-of-life concerns. Listen to the 30 minute discussion.