The Current Status, Models, and Future of Outpatient Palliative Care

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Presented by Dr. Michael Rabow

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define outpatient palliative care and describe its current availability

  2. List at least 3 benefits of outpatient palliative care

  3. Discuss at least one major trajectory for the development and maturation of palliative care.

Michael W. Rabow, MD, FAAHPM, the Helen Diller Family Chair in Palliative Care, is a Professor of Clinical Medicine & Urology and Associate Chief of Education & Mentoring in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Rabow completed fellowships at UCSF in General Internal Medicine, as well as in Medical Education Research. Board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Hospice & Palliative Care, Dr. Rabow directs a leading outpatient palliative care program-- the Symptom Management Service-- at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He was the founding director of the Palliative Care Consultation Services at UCSF/Mount Zion and the UCSF/Bakar Hospital. 

Dr. Rabow is a national expert in outpatient palliative care research and service delivery. He has conducted both controlled and longitudinal trials of outpatient palliative care consultation, as well as multiple surveys of current outpatient palliative care consultation practices nationally. He lectures widely and has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of palliative care, spirituality, family caregiving, and end-of-life care education.  An expert in Community-Based Palliative Care, Dr. Rabow also serves as a consultant to medical centers nationally working to develop or expand their palliative care services, and as a consultant or board member to numerous prominent professional or philanthropic organizations dedicated to expanding palliative care access and quality.  Dr. Rabow is one of the leads of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center (PCLC). 

Dr. Rabow is the founding director of the Center for Education in Palliative Care at UCSF/Mount Zion, which also serves as the central hub for palliative care education across the UCSF enterprise. He is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators.  He was Assistant Editor for the bimonthly section in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled “Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life.” He serves as the Director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness. Dr. Rabow is the Associate Editor of the world’s best-selling annually-updated general medicine textbook, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

In 2016, Dr. Rabow was selected as the winner of the AAHPM PDIA National Palliative Care Leadership Award. He is a past recipient of the Soros Project on Death in America award and the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award.

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