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Aug. 17, 2006

Note: This news release was updated Aug. 18, 2006.

Hospice And Palliative Medicine Expert To Discuss New Subspecialty

David Weissman, M.D., a national expert in hospice and palliative medicine, will be a University of Iowa guest lecturer Aug. 24-25, discussing this newly approved medical subspecialty.

The public is invited to attend the lecture "Palliative Care: Where Does It Fit In Today's Health Care System?" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in Room A at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. The four other lectures, listed below, will be open to health care professionals.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently endorsed hospice and palliative medicine as a subspecialty. An advisory committee will now develop program requirements for residency programs in hospice and palliative care. Hospice and palliative medicine will be a subspecialty of anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, neurology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Weissman is professor of internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and director of the college's Palliative Care Center.

The following Weissman lectures are open to health care professionals:

-- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, "ER Case Studies" in the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center conference room, S612 General Hospital (GH).

-- 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds: "Palliative Care in the Hospital: When, Why and How," in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, 3 GH.

-- 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, "Palliative Care Case Studies" in the Family Medicine Large Conference Room, 01125 Pomerantz Family Pavilion (PFP).

-- 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, Family Medicine Noon Lecture: "Prognostication," in the Family Medicine Large Conference Room, 01125 PFP.

For more information about the Aug. 24 public lecture, contact Vicki Struzynski Olson at 319-384-4566 or Visit the UI Center on Aging online at

The events are sponsored by the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, the UI Center on Aging and the Cancer and Aging Program (supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging).

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well-being of older people.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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