Elective Rotations for Residents and Clinical Fellows: Pain and Palliative Care

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Elective Description

This is an advanced clinical elective for residents who have a particular interest in Pain and Palliative Care.

The NIH Clinical Center (CC) is comprised of over 27 Institutes and Centers whose purpose is the conduct of clinical research with medically and surgically ill patient subjects. The CC Pain and Palliative Care Service provides consults to NIH CRC inpatients and outpatients who have a wide array of medical illnesses including cancer, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), rare genetic diseases, infectious diseases, and endocrine and autoimmune disorders.

Residents will observe clinical consults of patient subjects referred to the Pain and Palliative Care Service, prepare informal case or journal club presentations, and learn about research in pain and palliative care. This consult service provides a systematic approach to patient assessment and care planning for CC patients. The resident will round with the team on the inpatient unit, go to outpatient clinic, attend weekly interdisciplinary rounds and all educational opportunities provided by the service. Because this is a small course, individualized programs will vary widely in accordance with the needs and interests of each resident.

Palliative care is medical care that provides relief from suffering and support for the best possible quality of life for patients and their families facing advanced chronic illness. Palliative care improves quality of life, by focusing on the physical, psychosocial, spiritual aspects of care. Both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities are used including mind-body modalities, energy medicine, acupuncture, pet therapy, music therapy, art therapy and massage.

Selection of Applicants

All applicants will be expected to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification.


Ann Berger, M.S.N., M.D., Chief

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This page last updated on 11/07/2022

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