Brent Hadder, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, passed his national board examinations in Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC). He's the first individual in our department to seek out and accomplish this. The Palliative Care Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) was established in 1999, and prior to this most recent testing session, there were three university physicians certified in palliative medicine. Along with Dr. Hadder, two additional physicians participated in this most recent examination. All three were successful in becoming certified, thus bringing the UIHC total number of certified palliative medicine physicians to six.
Of note is that this certification testing is administered through Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Anesthesiologists recognizes the results. Per the American Board of Anesthesiologists, “Hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) is based on expanding scientific knowledge about symptom control when cure is not possible and appropriate care during the last stages of life. Research, teaching, and practice efforts in this field have led to a vast increase in knowledge in the effort to relieve suffering of seriously ill patients and their families. Physicians who acquire subspecialist-level knowledge and skills in hospice and palliative medicine largely practice in one of two distinct professional roles: 1) hospice medical director, and 2) institution-based palliative care practice.”
Dr. Hadder has been interested in this area for quite some time, devoting many hours and much work to this effort. For several years, he has devoted almost all of his nonclinical time and post-Surgical Intensive Care Unit weeks to the Palliative Care Consultation Service. He spent literally thousands of hours - and this board certification is the final step.
Iowa’s Palliative Care team is made up of a number of disciplines, including doctors and nurses, a social worker, music therapist and chaplain. In the next issue of department’s newsletter (Spring 2013), you will be provided the opportunity to read an article wherein Dr. Hadder provides more detail about our institution’s Palliative Care Consultation Service, as well as his personal involvement.