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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.


Inaugural Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium 2018

The Palliative and Supportive Institute and Family Hospice and Palliative Care will host their first joint symposium for professionals on May 1, 2018 at the Herberman Conference Center at UPMC Shadyside. This is an excellent CEU opportunity for physicians, PAs, RNs, CRNPS, and MSWs. Themed "No Patient is Typical," attendees will learn about the expanding scope of hospice and palliative care treatments, diagnoses, and populations that clinicians face when caring for patients. Rachel Levine, MD, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a featured presenter. Learn more and register here.​

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 130 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.

Susan Saxon Tele Town Hall

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.

Laura McNamaraFor complete details and instructions download the Gleitsman Fund Announcement.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Treacy Trundel, recipient of the 2017 Gleitsman Fund. Elizabeth has just completed her first year of medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. Under the mentorship of Dr. Dio Kavalieratos, Elizabeth will examine theprevalence of and relationship between symptom burden and perceived unmet palliative care needs in adults with cystic fibrosis at UPMC’s CF Clinic.

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).​

Jake Horowitz is the recipient of the 2017 Amdur Fellowship. Jake holds a BA in Communication from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is completing his final year as a direct practice, mental health student within the University of Pittsburgh's Masters of Social Work program.

Jake 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 Jake’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.


University of Oklahoma Awards Biomedical Ethics Prize to PSI Medical Director

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine selected Dr. Robert M. Arnold, Medical Director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, as recipient of the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics. This honor recognizes Dr. Arnold for his expertise in palliative care and doctor-patient communication. Learn more about the Biomedical Ethics Prize.

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

2016 Sino American Forum of Clinical Pharmacy participants

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."

The Unreasonable Patient

Dr. Thurston

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.

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.​​​​​​​​​​​

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