Goals of Care & Ethical Decision Making in Complex Illness
Keith Mark Swetz, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC
Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham
Medical Director, UAB Medicine Supportive Care Clinic (TKC 2)
Assistant Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Attending Physician, UAB Medicine and Birmingham VA Medical Center
Physicians, physicians assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, fellows and students
Creighton University School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Department of Medical Humanities
Creighton University Office of Continuing Education
- Describe principles of shared decision making and challenges to achieving this
- Differentiate between primary palliative care, specialist palliative care, and hospice care, and how each may be applied to care of seriously ill patients
- Interpret patient preferences regarding survival, quality of life, and costs to patient in determining optimal patient-centered outcomes in the setting of serious illness
Presented by Keith Mark Swetz, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC
Dr. Keith M. Swetz is Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and Medical Director of UAB Medicine’s Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic, and Ambulatory Clinical Core Leader in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care.
Dr. Swetz received his M.D. degree from the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He subsequentally completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He rejoined staff at Mayo Clinic in 2008 and served as a Consultant in the Division of General Internal Medicine and in the Section of Palliative Medicine until 2015, when he was recruited to UAB.
Dr. Swetz has focused on efforts to integrate palliative care into the care of patients with heart failure and left ventricular assist devices at The Kirklin Clinic and across the UAB campus. Dr. Swetz completed a Master of Arts degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. He has a strong interest in ethical decision making, particularly as it relates to advanced medical technologies like cardiac devices and hemodialysis. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and given over 150 educational presentations related to these topics.
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