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Advance Care Planning before Major Surgery: A Podcast with Vicky Tang

This week's podcast is all about the intersection of geriatrics, palliative care, advanced care planning and surgery with our guest Dr. Vicky Tang.  Vicky is an assistant professor and researcher here at UCSF.  We talk about her local and national efforts focused on this intersection, including: Her JAMA Surgery article that showed 3 out of 4 older adults undergoing high risk surgery had no advance care planning (ACP) documentation.  Prehab clinics and how ACP fits into these clinics The Geriatric Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program  whose goal is to set the standards for geriatric surgical care including ACP discussions prior to surgery How frailty fits in and how to assess it (including this paper from JAGS on the value of the chair raise test) So take a listen and check out some of those links.  For those who want to take a deeper dive into how GeriPal and surgery fit together, check out these other podcasts: Zara Cooper on Trauma Surgery, Geriatri

The Future of Palliative Care: A Podcast with Diane Meier

There are few names more closely associated with palliative care than Diane Meier.  She is an international leader of palliative care, a MacArthur "genius" awardee, and amongst many other leadership roles, the CEO of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).  We were lucky enough to snag Diane for our podcast to talk about everything we always wanted to ask her, including: What keeps her up at night? Does palliative care need a national strategy and if so why and what would it look like? The history of CAPC and the leadership centers Advice that she has for graduating fellows who want to continue to move palliative care forward as they start their new careers What she imagines palliative care will look like in 10 or 15 years? What is the biggest threat facing palliative care? So take a listen and if you want to dive a little deeper, here are two articles that we discussed during the podcast: A National Strategy For Palliative Care. Health Affairs 2017 Pa

Psychedelics: Podcast with Ira Byock

In this week's podcast, we talk with Dr. Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. Ira Byock wrote a provocative and compelling paper in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management titled, " Taking Psychedelics Seriously ." In this podcast we challenge Ira Byock about the use of psychedelics for patients with serious and life-limiting illness.   Guest host Josh Biddle (UCSF Palliative care fellow) asks, "Should clinicians who prescribe psychedelics try them first to understand what their patient's are going through?" The answer is "yes" -- read or listen on for more! While you're reading, I'll just go over and lick this toad . -@AlexSmithMD    You can also find us on  Youtube ! Listen to GeriPal Podcasts on: iTunes  Google Play Music Soundcloud Stitcher Transcript Eric: Welcome to the GeriPal Podcast. This is Eric Widera. Alex: