The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

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Two of The Institute for Palliative Medicine's leaders, Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, and Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAHPM, will present on delirium during the Friday opening plenary of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 12th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive. Read more here.

The Center for Grief Care and Education at  The Institute for Palliative Medicine would like to highlight information about two of their year-around grief and loss support services.

Grief Street and the Newly Bereaved Workshop offer grief support to families after the death of SDHIPM hospice patients as well as providing support to community members who are grieving a death that occurred without the benefit of SDHIPM’s hospice program. Read full release here.

Dr. Frank D. Ferris, Director of International Program at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice,  discusses the emergence of Palliative Care during CFAX Canadian Radio Broadcast. Listen here.

Camp Erin San Diego Wraps Up Fourth Successful Year

This past June, The Center for Grief Care and Education (CGCE) wrapped up its fourth successful year of Camp Erin San Diego, a weekend camp for children ages 6-17 who have been impacted by the loss of a loved one.  Read more here.

UCSDTV Features Interview with Scott Irwin, MD, PhD

Scott Irwin, MD, PhD. Dr. Irwin, discussed the benefits of the palliative care model when used within the existing healthcare system on the recent UCSDTV segment: Research on Aging: The Opportunity for Health Care via Hospice and Palliative Care. View it here:

The Westreich Foundation Donates $300,000 to The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

The Westreich Foundation has donated $300,000 to The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice to support the further expansion of Its Integrative Palliative Medicine Program, which includes Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Reiki and Healing Touch, Aromatherapy, Music Therapy, and Art Therapy. Read full release here.

Medscape Interviews Dr. Scott Irwin About IPM Psychiatry Palliative Care Programs

Medscape interviews Dr. Scott Irwin regarding his work starting the first full-time psychiatric palliative care program in the country. Dr. Irwin discusses this young discipline and what clinicians can do to help implement palliative care psychiatry into their institutions and practice.  Full interview here (free membership required):

Scott Irwin, MD, PhD and Director and Founder of IPM's Psychiatry Programs, To Present at the UCSD Stein Institute for Research on Aging Free Public Lecture Series.

Dr. Irwin’s lecture “Healthcare Via Hospice and Palliative Care” will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Liebow Auditorium in the UCSD Biomedical Science Building at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Irwin will discuss his work investigating better assessments and treatments for depression and delirium, as well as other mental health issues, to improve outcomes for those with advanced, life-threatening illnesses and their families. This is a free, public event. More information available:

Local San Diego youth coping with loss can find support and comfort at Camp Erin San Diego

This special weekend camp created and funded by The Moyer Foundation and hosted by The Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice. Please read full press release here.

National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16th.

SDHIPM encourages individuals to start a conversation with their family, friends and healthcare providers regarding future healthcare decisions, including beliefs about end-of-life care, through using advance care planning tools, such as “Go Wish” cards. Read full release here.

Medscape Interviews Dr. Jeremy M. Hirst Regarding Psychopharmacologic Treatments on Children, Adolescents with Advanced Illnesses.

Medscape Medical News featured an interview with Jeremy M. Hirst, MD, Assistant Director of the Clinical and Educational Psychiatry Programs at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice. Please view the entire interview to learn more.

Dr. Frank D. Ferris Featured on Prominent Georgian News Program

We are pleased to learn that Dr. Frank D. Ferris’, Director of International Programs at The Institute for Palliative Medicine, recent work in the Republic of Georgia and accolades by the country’s academic and governmental leaders are receiving international attention! A segment in the news program P.S. (Post Scriptum), a prominent Georgian news program that is comparable to the United States-based 60 Minutes, highlighted Dr. Ferris’ bedside trainings with local physicians and his discussions regarding future collaborations in the field of palliative medicine.  Additionally, while in the Republic of Georgia, Dr. Ferris was awarded the Honorary Certificate from the Parliament of Georgia’s Head of Healthcare and Social Issues Committee and Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs as well as an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Tbilisi State University. The P.S. news segment is viewable here.

New Video Showcases The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice’s International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative (LDI). Read the full release here.


CSD's Radiation Oncology Newsletter Praises Dr. Charles von Gunten's Presentation on Grief and Loss.  

University of San Diego, California's (UCSD) Radiation Oncology newsletter applauded the recent presentation on Grief and Loss, calling Dr. von Gunten's presentation "insightful" and "interesting." We invite you to read the full newsletter article.


Palliative care aims to prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life, at every stage of life, through patient and family care, education, research and advocacy. Frank D. Ferris, MD, presents information on defining elements of past and modern illness and various conceptions of suffering. The general concepts of palliative care, as well as the future goals of palliative care will be addressed.  Click here to see Dr. Ferris on Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research's series on Aging.