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Training ED Docs in End-of-Life Issues

Training ED Docs in End-of-Life Issues

Host: Shira Johnson, MD

Guest: Arthur Derse, MD, JD

Matters of life and death occur constantly in emergency departments, but some ED doctors are not well trained for the death that's expected. There is a new push inside hospitals and medical schools to train ED personnel in palliative care. Dr. Arthur Derse, director of medical and legal affairs and associate director of the Medical College of Wisconsin's Center for the Study of Bioethics, joins host Dr. Shira Johnson to discuss the new techniques being taught to ED residents for dealing with end-of-life issues. They also look at a new sub-specialty in emergency room medicine that focuses on hospice and palliative care.