For patients living with advanced disease, the main goal of treatment isn’t to be “cured,” but to maintain a comfortable and satisfying lifestyle. U-M offers a wide range of palliative care services for patients of all ages - from pediatric to geriatric - who are facing serious illness. We understand that patient needs go far beyond the physical to encompass emotional issues, legal issues, issues of faith and relationships, grieving and mourning. Our specialists offer compassionate care and comprehensive support for patients and their loved ones as they face these challenges.
U-M has launched an Adult Palliative Medicine Program, which is a unique collaboration between the Departments of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and the University Hospital. It unites palliative medicine specialists from across the health system and campus, serving as a major hub of palliative expertise. It not only allows us to provide thorough care for patients and families, but also to train new specialists, and to meet the need for increased research on how best to reduce the burden of chronic illness and deliver high quality palliative care. This highly interdisciplinary program is overseen by the Adult Palliative Medicine Steering Committee. The Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine houses the training activities for the APM Program, and Division faculty provide leadership and academic oversight.