Communication Tools for All Inpatient Admissions

2014 Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine
This lectureship honors two Providence St. Vincent Medical Center physicians, Robert Goldman, M.D. and John Berland, M.D.
Drs. Fromme and White will provide an overview of the rationale for and importance of determining the patient’s goals for medical care at the start of the hospital admission. They will present two new communication tools: SPAM and UFO-UFO. The SPAM tool provides a simple, patient-friendly framework for determining decision makers, care preferences and resuscitation status in straight forward admissions. In complex situations, the UFO-UFO tool gives a patient-centered framework for discussing goals of care with patients and families who say, “Do everything!”
Erik K. Fromme, M.D., MCR, FAAHPM
Dr. Fromme is a full-time palliative care physician and associate professor of medicine, nursing and radiation medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He is medical director of the OHSU Palliative Care Service, which won the 2009 Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association. He is also an assistant director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care. His research interests include innovative models for providing palliative care, quality assessment and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). In 2013, he received a Sojourns award from the Cambia Foundation for leadership in the palliative care field.
Jocelyn C. White, M.D., FAAHPM, FACP, FAAPP
Dr. White is medical director of Legacy Hospice and Hopewell House. She has been faculty for the Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship at OHSU and the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center since 2002. Dr. White was a founding member of Legacy’s Palliative Care and Pathway’s Programs and is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine since 2001. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.  Her research focus includes physician-patient communication with a recent emphasis on goals of care conversations. 

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Please contact Eileen Mooney by email or by phone at 503-216-1913.

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About the Lectureship
Established in 2006, the Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine honors two Providence St. Vincent Medical Center physicians, Robert Goldman, M.D., and John Berland, M.D. These physicians have been recognized as two exemplary role models as well as being advocates and innovators in palliative care. Dr. Goldman was a medical oncologist who helped initiate the Providence Home Hospice Program in the 1970s. Dr. Berland, a retired general internist, remains passionate about palliative care and physician education. The speakers for this program are clinicians recognized for their excellence in palliative and end-of-life care.
This lectureship is made possible by generous donor gifts to Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation.


Eileen Mooney

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