2017 Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork Award – Tanya Brescia-Oddo, M.D., Palliative Care Team-HCGH

2017 Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork Award – Tanya Brescia-Oddo, M.D., Palliative Care Team-HCGH



the overarching goal of palliative medicine is to maximize the quality of life for patients and families in dealing with a serious medical illness our team is made up of many different disciplines which really allow us to provide a more holistic approach to their care our team has really been able to thrive because we essentially all have a love of team sport the collaboration the trust and speaking up and supporting one another during particularly challenging situations and we've been so lucky that all of our team members are our fearless advocates for patients and making sure that their wishes and values are heard when they may be at one of the most physically and emotionally challenging crossroads in their lives a most proud of the level to which palliative medicine has been embraced by the hospital administration the intensivist group in the hospitalist groups we are really looking forward to collaborating with the cardiology and orthopedic services in the coming year to further improve outcomes for our patients and I have to say that what's really most satisfying is living and working in a community that really values the quality of life of its residents and we can see that in the partnerships that Howard County General has with other health care providers in the county the advice that I would have for clinical teams and moreso palliative medicine teams is to not have an agenda when meeting the patient and their family for the first time it's so important to let the conversation evolve organically to establish rapport and Trust with your patient and to really get a sense of where they are in their understanding of their illness their acceptance of that as well as what kind of coping mechanisms they've been using another thing that I would recommend which really sounds cliche is to make sure that you're taking care of yourself it is crucial in this environment of medicine to make sure that we are taking care of our own health physically and mentally whether that be through exercising practicing mindfulness or practicing gratitude

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