Frontline caregivers practiced breaking bad news to simulated patients at an innovative new multi-site seminar broadcast from Feinberg’s Simulation Lab earlier this month. The seminar uses active learning techniques to provide far more skill development than a simple lecture, according to course organizers.
The course was led from Feinberg by Gordon Wood, MD, ’07 GME, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, and simultaneously broadcast to Lake Forest Hospital, KishHealth Foundation, Central DuPage Hospital and Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. Participants included physicians, advanced practice providers, social workers and nurses.
Hip-hop artist and motivational speaker David Rush kicked off the first day of medical school for Feinberg’s Class of 2021, discussing his experience with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a life-threatening kidney condition that eventually forced him onto dialysis.
Rush was interviewed onstage by Josh Hauser, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and of Medical Education, as part of Feinberg’s first-week curriculum, called Introduction to the Profession.
Jeffrey Barsuk is awarded the 2017 Society of Hospital Medicine's (SHM) Excellence in Research Award.
The SHM bestows its annual Awards of Excellence that recognize practitioners across skill sets. The awards are meant to honor SHM members “whose exemplary contributions to the hospital medicine movement deserve acknowledgment and respect,” according to the society’s website.
- Dr. Joshua Hauser discusses first year medical students shadowing medical staff as part of their Introduction to the Profession Module.
- Dr. Kevin O'Leary discusses discharge instruction design in helping patients better understand their plan of care.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that giving hospitalized patients iPads with basic information about their care helped them engage more with physicians.
Hospitalist and lead author Kevin O’Leary, MD, MS, SFHM, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago says the portals can be a way to improve the discharge process.
- Kevin O'Leary, MD discuses the use of patient portals in the hospital.
- Hospitalists are often perceived as the face of the hospital, whether that is their official responsibility or not. They are on the front lines of hearing, seeing, and understanding where gaps exist in a patient’s experience.
Dr. Amit Patel discusses a new Northwestern Medicine study on predicting clinical deteroration recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Palliative care, has been around for decades but is still largely unknown. It helps patients manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges surrounding serious illness on case by case basis using an interdisciplinary team approach. Often, these challenges involve addressing the physical symptoms of serious illness, such as pain, nausea, fatigue and depression, as well as the stress that patients can experience managing their daily needs and ongoing care.
While hospice care is usually only provided to help comfort patients that have stopped treatment for a terminal disease or condition, patients who receive palliative care are usually also receiving life-prolonging care and many are expected to recover or stabilize. Palliative Care works alongside a patient's regular physicians as an extra layer of support, focusing on comfort and quality of life.
Watch a member of the palliative care team for Northwestern Medicine, Kathy Neely, MD, who is also a Northwestern Medicine internist and chair of the Medical Ethics Committee for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, to learn more.