Join us May 11 with Ron Greeno on APMs

SHM President Elect is coming to Seattle! 

Join us may 11th 6 PM at the Columbia Tower club

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March 24, 2016: First EVER SubChapter Event – South Sound Division

35 people from around the South Sound joined the PNW Chapter for the first ever sub-chapter event, a long awaited and anticipated event.  The South Sound is home to over 200 Hospitalists and traffic can make travel to Seattle impossible at the end of a long day’s work.  In comes the South Sound Division, led by Kimberly Bell, to host a goal of 2 PNW SHM meetings a year in the Tacoma area.

March 24, we had a dynamic discussion of perioperative care, the driving force of bundled payments and building collaborative programs.  Thank you to our panelists: Dr. Greg Brown, Dr. Diane Levitan, Eula Ramrod, Dr. Vitaliy Zak, and Dr. Ashley Abilmona.


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NEW: Certificate Course in Palliative Care

NEW: Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Course in Palliative Care at the University of Washington

As evidence builds that palliative care improves high value, person and family centered care more individuals and health systems are seeking advanced palliative care education. However, this workforce demand is rapidly outpacing available training programs. With development support from the Cambia Health Foundation, the new Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Course in Palliative Care at the University of Washington was designed with the primary intention to fill this growing need.

Caroline Hurd, a palliative care physician and a core faculty member for the new course said about its development, “we really wanted a program that provided flexible distance learning for busy professionals that was still grounded in high quality in-person serious illness communication training. We also wanted to build communities of practice across the country that could model interprofessional collaboration.” The program at the University of Washington is unique in that it is one of only a small handful of certificate courses that train disciplines together.

Dr. Hurd believes this type of training is important for all healthcare professionals and may be of particular interest to individuals who are considering a career in specialty palliative care, those in a specialties outside of palliative care who want to embed these principles into their area of practice, young palliative care programs who want to improve team based care or more advanced palliative care programs who want to expand into new delivery models such as outpatient palliative care.

The innovative, interprofessional curriculum will be jointly offered through the UW Schools of Medicine and Nursing as a 9-month graduate certificate course. It will be taught by world-renowned faculty using weekly interactive distance learning such as webinars and online modules, peer and faculty mentoring and quarterly in-person workshops. Core content will focus on expertise in three key areas of palliative care practice: person-centered communication, interprofessional team training, and program development. In addition, the certificate course includes VitalTalk® training, which is a highly regarded national model for expert serious illness communication skills.

The application deadline for an Autumn 2016 start is May 1, 2016. For more information, visit their website or contact Tia Paganelli, Program Manager, at


Core Faculty:

  • Ardith Doorenbos PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Caroline Hurd MD
  • Helene Starks PhD, MPH


Expert Faculty:

  • Anthony Back, MD
  • Heather Coats PhD, ARNP
  • Randall Curtis MD, MPH
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South Sound PNW Chapter Event

We’re headed South for the winter!   Thanks to Dr. Kimberly Bell, March 24 we are hosting an event in Tacoma!

South Sound PNW SHM Chapter Event
Date/Time: March 24, 2016 from 6-9 pm

Location: El Gaucho, 2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Topic: Perioperative Care: An evolving role for the hospitalist: Panel Discussion, Facilitated by Rachel Thompson MD MPH SFHM

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Chocolat at HM16

Thank you all for coming out to desert!  Great to see so much of the PNW in San Diego!

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March 7 PNW @HM16

Join PNW SHM Chapter for desert March 7, 8pm.  We will walk to Chocolat and enjoy the evening!

Meet Rachel Thompson in the Lobby at 8pm.

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Feb 4 Enhanced Periop Care

A great evening discussing the role of hospitalists in building collaborative programs in perioperative care.  Drs. Thompson and Dagal from Harborview Medical Center gave an overview of their Enhanced Perioperative Care Program.  Specialists from UWMC, Swedish, Multicare also shared their experiences.  Long and short – HM is expanding and perioperative care is an area in which we will be increasingly asked to assist.  Start planning now, be a part of the building – make it collaborative with your surgical and anesthesia colleagues.

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