Continuum Care Program

Palliative Care and Chronic Disease Management Track

Palliative Care is a medical specialty for people living with a serious illness that focuses on providing relief from symptoms and quality of life for both the patient and their family. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.

Program Highlights

  • Longitudinal academic track throughout all 3 years of residency
  • Bi-weekly workshops, with our PIH Health Palliative Care Team, including NPs and SWs, on topics related to palliative care and geriatric medicine, including pain management, communicating bad news, bereavement, ethics, and advance care planning
  • Quarterly home visits for homebound patients in collaboration with our multidisciplinary PIH Health Palliative Care team
  • Palliative Medicine electives during 2nd and 3rd years with time spent with inpatient and outpatient palliative care team as well as with hospice team
  • Excellent training to all Family physicians, and specifically to those interested in Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Pain Management.

Note: This program has its own NRMP match ID: 2013120C2.

Faculty Director

Erin Capitena MD

Dr. Capitena is a graduate of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, OH. After graduating from her FM residency at USC-California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles, she completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the UCLA-VA program in West Los Angeles. She is passionate about providing palliative care for all patients with a special focus on Spanish-speaking patients and their families and about promoting primary palliative care education for all family physicians.

Palliative Care Faculty

Nelson Dalla Tor MD

Our residency program director, Dr. Dalla Tor, enjoys the longitudinal relationships he forms with the patients and their families through the Palliative Care track. 

Beth Ann Silvey, LCSW, ACHP-SW has worked in Health Care since 1996 after graduating from University of Southern California with her MSW. She was a part of creating the first in-patient palliative care team in 2002 at SHARP Healthcare Grossmont.  She has worked in LTAC’s, Cancer Hospital, and as a palliative care social worker. She has taught at Azusa Pacific University and has also lectured on the emotional aspects of end of life care at several different hospitals over the years.  She has her advanced certification in hospice and palliative care.