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SFMMS Past President, Dr. Monique Schaulis, Discusses the Many Misconceptions of Palliative Care

Dr. Monique Schaulis, SFMMS Past President, was featured on a recent episode of Fixing Healthcare. This episode dives into the essential yet often misunderstood world of palliative and hospice care—part of this ninth season’s continued focus on end-of-life issues.

Alongside cohosts Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr, Dr. Schaulis tackles common myths and misunderstandings surrounding palliative care. She explains why palliative care is not just for end-of-life situations, and how it can be integrated with curative treatments at any stage of a serious illness. She emphasizes that palliative care is a holistic medical specialty focused on improving the quality of life for patients of all ages by addressing physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and existential distress.

This episode also explores why American culture struggles with the acceptance of death and palliative care. Dr. Schaulis reflects on how historical developments in medical technology and a lack of training for physicians on end-of-life conversations contribute to this issue.  Tune in to learn more about the transformative potential of palliative care and how it can enhance quality of life for patients—and their families. 

To listen to the episode, click HERE. Dr. Schaulis also co-created a special issue of SF Marin Medicine on palliative care, which can be viewed HERE

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