Researchers Seek Your Input on Palliative Care Telementoring Program
By David Doolittle


You don’t need me to tell you the challenges of practicing palliative care for cancer patients in a rural or underserved part of the state.

But wouldn’t it be nice if you could talk to another physician or health care expert about the challenges you face?

Well, guess what?

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is creating an online mentoring program, called ECHO Palliative Care Texas, to help rural physicians care for patients who need supportive and/or palliative care as they receive cancer treatment.

For the past two years, internist Sriram Yennu, MD, associate professor at MD Anderson’s Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine (PRIM); and oncologist Eduardo Bruera, MD, chair of PRIM, have been researching the palliative care needs of Texas patients as they design the program.

They now want to know whether you’d be interested in participating and have created an online survey to determine how it can be most effective.

In addition to questions about your practice, experience, training, and education, the survey includes questions about your ability to find locum tenens coverage, your thoughts on current continuing medical education, and how you get paid for palliative care services.

The survey closes July 31, so be sure to get your answers in soon. You can find more information on Project ECHO programs in Texas and around the world on MD Anderson’s website.

Correction: The link to the survey in this story has been updated to the correct survey.

Last Updated On

June 22, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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