Continuum Care Program - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Palliative Care and Chronic Disease Management Track

Palliative Care and Chronic Disease Management programs have been shown to improve health outcomes, quality of life and life expectancy, while also reducing costs and hospitalizations for patients with chronic diseases. Palliative care is both a philosophy of care and an organized, highly-structured system for delivering care that identifies and addresses the physical, psychological, spiritual and practical burdens of illness. Members of palliative care teams collaborate with professional, clinical, and informal caregivers to ensure coordination, communication and continuity of care across institutional and home care settings. Its unique design allows for a longitudinal experience across all three years of training.

Chronic Disease Management overlaps and shares many similarities with palliative care. The majority of patients receiving palliative care have a serious or life-threatening chronic disease. However, chronic disease management focuses on the entire spectrum of chronic disease, including diseases that may not be at a life-threatening stage.

Program Highlights:

  • The program has a Chronic Disease/Palliative care 3 year track. It is unique in the nation in that it offers longitudinal didactic and practical training to interested candidates. The program has its own NRMP match.

  • Residents will obtain training to effectively care for patients with numerous co-morbidities across multiple settings

  • Gain experience by visiting patients in their homes, nursing facilities, clinics and hospice houses.

  • This track provides excellent training to all Family physicians, and specifically to those interested in Geriatrics, Chronic disease, Palliative Care and Pain management.

Isaac Kim MD, ABFM, Palliative Care and Chronic Disease Management Track Faculty Director

Dr. Kim is a graduate of The College at the University of Chicago and Texas Tech University School of Medicine.  After completing residency at Reading Hospital & Medical Center in Reading, PA, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for several years in North Carolina.  He has been involved in clinical faculty work since 2004.  He is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.