By: Lydia Furman, MD, Assistant Editor
She reviews relevant literature that underscores her points, not just that palliative care is important, but that trainees and their educators agree that this critical content area is not being adequately addressed during residency. Kudos to Dr. MacDonell-Yilmaz for tackling an emotionally difficult topic in a non-judgmental way that lifts the veil for all of us on a vital but incompletely addressed area of training. How many of us received support to talk to a family about their hopes for their dying child, or to the child him or herself about their dreams, wishes and sadnesses? It likely took one special fellow, or nurse or attending to bring us in from the cold, so to speak, and to guide us in this painful but profoundly necessary and rewarding conversation. Every trainee should be given this opportunity, and should be prepared to step up when the moment arrives.
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