Hospice of the Piedmont Press Release
Charlottesville, VA – January 7, 2014 – Hospice of the Piedmont is proud to announce a partnership with the University of Virginia Family Medicine Department which will provide second year Family Medicine residents with an experience in hospice care while on their geriatrics rotation. This partnership is part of the Hospice of the Piedmont Education Institute. One of the goals of the Hospice of the Piedmont Education Institute is to change the culture of healthcare by promoting hospice principles and concepts upstream and putting the "heart" back into medicine.
Hospice of the Piedmont's partnership with UVA Family Medicine Department gives Family Medicine residents the opportunity to experience hospice care in greater depth than ever before. This rotationwith Hospice of the Piedmont will allow the residents to gain field experience with hospice physicians, nurses, chaplains and social workers; an opportunity to participate in medical rounds at Hospice of the Piedmont's Newton and Wilma Thomas Hospice House; and active participation in weekly interdisciplinary team meetings to discuss care plans for terminally ill patients.
Hospice of the Piedmont Medical Director Angela Stiltner, MD, developed the curriculum for the second year resident experience, in addition to a more intensive elective hospice rotation for third year residents.
The third year elective option will allow the residents to spend 2.5 days a week with Hospice of the Piedmont which will provide them with a more intensive experience in hospice care planning and hospice and palliative symptom management. In both rotations, the medical residents will learn more about the hospice care model, which emphasizes pain and symptom management in patient care with a focus on preserving the quality of life for terminally ill patients.
"We are thrilled to have residents from the UVA Family Medicine Department join us at Hospice of the Piedmont for this hands-on learning experience," Dr. Stiltner said about the partnership. "Together with UVA medical residents, we are working to achieve a day when no one in central Virginia has to die alone or in pain."
This partnership is made possible by cooperation between staff members from Hospice of the Piedmont and the University of Virginia Family Medicine Department, and is currently funded through generous donations to the Hospice of the Piedmont Education Institute.
For more information, please contact Rachael Palm, 434-817-6929 or Rachael.Palm@hopva.org.