Thursday, April 19, 2007

Pediatric Hospice - Pulitzer Prize

This is a short post, but an important one. The 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography was awarded to Renee C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee for her photojournalism of Derek, a 10 year old boy with cancer and his mother Cyndie.

This set of photos reminded me how important our work is in the field of hospice & palliative medicine.

I am lucky enough to work for a hospice with a strong pediatric program with great pediatric nurses. Even though I am an internal medicine trained physician, I try to make home visits for these pediatric patients and their families, and to support our pediatric team. We need more pediatricians who want to learn more about palliative care.

These photos just reminded me to thank all those who care for pediatric palliative care patients.

(Thanks to Kevin MD for the link via Graham)

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