Palliative Care Physician - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Palliative Care Physician




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Job Description

 

Palliative care and hospice care are not the same. A palliative care physician specializes in relieving the stress and symptoms that accompany a serious or chronic illness.

The general focus of palliative care is the improvement in the quality of life experienced by the patient and his or her family and caregivers.

Pain management and supportive services for patients and their family at the end of life is the purpose of hospice care. It is a service for those no longer seeking treatment with a cure as the goal.

Palliative care can be provided at any age and during any stage in a serious illness. Palliative care can be received at the same time as curative treatment is administered.

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Responsibilities

 

A palliative care physician will work with a patient and his or her family to identify, control or alleviate physical and emotional discomfort and other symptoms that often accompany a serious health condition.

Palliative care physicians focus their time on providing expert management of patients’ symptoms, in addition to holding intensive meetings with family members, and ensuring that delivery of care is coordinated across the health care setting.

Palliative care physicians are there to link patients, caregivers and family members to available support groups and other services.

They can improve access to helpful information so patients can make well-informed, confident decisions about their care.

Palliative care physicians are an integral part of an interdisciplinary team that usually includes nurses and social workers.

Other members of the team may include pharmacists, chaplains, massage therapists, nutritionists and others.

The goals of this interdisciplinary team, as outlined by the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, include:

  • Managing pain control, alleviation of psychosocial distress, provide support for spiritual concerns and meet the practical needs of the patient throughout the continuum of health care.

  • Improving a patient’s and his or her family’s access to information that can help them to understand the patient’s condition and the range of treatment options available.

  • Coordination of care across different settings by facilitating communication among providers, especially as changes occur in the patient’s condition and needs.

Interest in palliative care has seen significant growth in recent years. Palliative care is now a specialty area that physicians can choose.

As more hospitals begin or expand their palliative care programs, employment opportunities for these specialized physicians will continue to increase.

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Skills

 

Reasoning Must be able to apply facts and principles to issues to determine conclusions and solve problems. They must use knowledge and logic to find patters in happenings and determine causes and provide solutions.
Communication Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas to gauge patient issues. They must also be great listeners and ask questions that involve the patient and make the environment open and relaxed.
Empathy Must be very compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Stress Management

Must be emotionally stable and deal with stress effectively, so they can help others who cannot deal with their emotions or stress. Must be a solid foundation and be able to handle stress and separate personal emotion so as to stay objective and be effective in treatment.
Ethics Must have a solid ethical code and keep sessions with patients confidential as they can greatly affect people's lives and they deal with people at extremely vulnerable times in their lives. Must know that there could be consequences for error.
Patience Need to be very patient, because of potentially long sessions with patients and while dealing with people under tremendous stress and illness. They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time.

Trustworthiness

People have to trust you. The job is all about inspiring patients and working with them through very difficult times. If they don't trust you, they won't respond to your treatment attempts.

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Working Conditions

 

People of all ages who are facing serious or life-threatening illness may be treated by palliative care physicians.

These physicians work with their patients and the families to identify pain sources or other areas of discomfort, and help the patient and family establish realistic goals for care.

Palliative care physicians play an integral part in the development of a patient’s comprehensive care plan.

The palliative care physician will work with the patient’s primary care physician as well as with local hospitals, nursing homes, hospice providers and assisted living facilities.

Palliative care is typically received with the patient in the hospital, but palliative care specialists will also provide services to those in need in a private practice office setting or an outpatient clinic.

Some palliative physicians will even provide services in a patient’s home.

Other roles in which a palliative care physician may participate include:

  • Generalized oversight of the palliative care team

  • Training other health care professionals in the principles of palliative care

  • Engaging in activities designed to increase aware of and availability of access to palliative care services

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.01.2018
Palliative Care Physician Eastern Maine Medical Center is looking for a compassionate BE/BC Palliative Medicine Physician to join our team of talented physicians. The Palliative Care Physician will work closely with other physicians,...
04.25.2018
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04.25.2018
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04.25.2018
This physician will join Community Physician Network, an employed physician group of over 600 physicians in Anderson, IN. HighlightsCommunity Health Network is seeking a BE/BC Palliative Medicine Physician to join our exceptional practice. This...
01.08.2018
Join the growing Palliative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. Mayo Clinic is an internationally respected health care institution that engages in clinical practice, research and education at its best. The Palliative Medicine...
04.25.2018
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05.03.2016
The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics seeks a Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care physician at the rank of Associate (non-tenure), Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track) to contribute in the ongoing...
04.25.2018
REQUIRED: RN 1 Year of Experience Required Palliative Care RN Job Summary: The Palliative Care RN is a self-directed registered nurse responsible for coordinating and implementing palliative care services for patients and families in...
04.25.2018
This nurse practitioner will join an employed group of over 1,000 providers in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeking a Nurse Practitioner to join our Palliative Care team in our new market in Anderson, Indiana....
04.25.2018
This nurse practitioner will join an employed group of over 1,000 providers in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeking a Nurse Practitioner to join our Palliative Care team. The ideal candidate will be a...
04.25.2018
The Division of Palliative Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center is seeking a full-time nurse practitioner to join its established program to provide inpatient and outpatient consultation services for a diverse patient population in a dynamic...
04.23.2018
$5,000 sign-on bonus and $5,000 relocation (for greater than 100 miles) or $2,500 relocation (for greater than 50 miles) for nurses with 1 or more years experience - External Applicants Only The Clinic Nurse utilizes a systematic approach...
04.25.2018
Practice Details: Average # of patients per day: 6-10 Clinic Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30a- 5p, Fri 8:30a- 2p (unless busy or emergent) No call at this time Physician takes inpatient call 24/7 for Palliative care No weekend or evening hours
04.25.2018
Primary nurse provides quality nursing care to identified Hospice and palliative care patients. The scope of primary Hospice nursing includes direct patient care, coordination of patient care and patient advocacy. Patient includes the...
04.11.2018
Provides palliative care services to patients and family members. Assesses, plans, documents, implements, delivers and evaluates program services to meet the needs of patients and families. Participates in discharge planning, the...
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  2. Palliative Care Physician Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
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