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2015 Annual Report

Palliative Medicine Program

Dr. Valerie Schulz
Program Director

Dr. Valerie Schulz is practising in Palliative Medicine, in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). Through the support of this department she has been able to contribute to clinical, educational, research and academic advances in Palliative Medicine during 2015. 

Dr. Schulz participates clinically in LHSC's Critical Care Units, and in the renal dialysis unit at University Hospital. 

This service considers an approach to symptom management and goals of care and treatment options for patients with life threatening and/or life limiting illnesses. 

Discussions with the new Heart Failure Clinic at St. Joseph's have resulted in Palliative Care being asked to join the initiative in 2016. 

Perioperative Care leadership, in collaboration with Dr. Schulz, has begun to explore the concept of Palliative Care in the Perioperative Period. A perioperative palliative care committee is being developed to begin conversations in 2016. Some of the inaugural concepts to be explored are to understand frail patients at predictable risk of dying being cared for in the perioperative period and to understand concept of procedures or interventions for frail patients. 

Provincially, Dr. Valerie Schulz was invited to join Ontario Palliative leaders on the inaugural Provincial Hospice Palliative Care Clinical Council. This Clinical Council collaborates with the Provincial Hospice Palliative Care Steering Committee to develop strategic, scalable recommendations to systematically advance Palliative Care across Ontario. In addition Dr. Schulz is the Co-Chair of the Ontario Renal Network (ORN) Palliative Care Working Group. This group has been established to lead the Palliative Care component of the next ORN Plan. 

Nationally, Dr. Schulz participates on the Working Group in Palliative Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's to develop the subspecialty certification in Palliative Medicine. 

Drs. Valeries Schulz and Lorelei Lingard at the Centre for Research and Innovation (CERI) Western, provide leadership for a multi-site, multi-province Palliative Care project exploring: Palliative care on the heart failure care team: Mapping patient and provider experiences and expectations. CIHR and AMOSO AFP Innovation Funding support this on-going project. This year's research focus created partnerships and dissemination of results at local provincial national and international conferences. 

Palliative Care is advancing at a rapid pace across Ontario and Canada, and Dr. Valerie Schulz has dedicated her career to this laudable cause. 

These contributions to Palliative Medicine were made possible through the support of Western's Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.