Palliative Care

Provide outstanding clinical care and leadership to improve quality of life (physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural) for patients and families dealing with a serious illness. The UNM Palliative Care team works to: 

  • Treat patients, families, colleagues and trainees with compassion, respect, and an appreciation of diversity 
  • Educate the current and future generation of clinicians to care for patients with advanced illness 
  • Advance the field of palliative care through research 
  • Collaborate with local, state and national organizations to improve palliative care services in New Mexico 

Your Palliative Care Education at UNM 

Our mission is to educate current and future clinicians to provide expert, compassionate palliative care to patients and families dealing with serious illnesses 

We infuse our curriculum with a deep appreciation and respect of diversity among patients, families, colleagues and trainees. In 2012, we established New Mexico’s first ACGME accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship for physicians. We also have educational programs for undergraduates and graduates.  

UNM students and clinicians advance the field of palliative care through research. In collaboration with local, state and national organizations, we constantly to improve palliative care education and patient care in New Mexico.  

You will train with compassionate, knowledgeable experts across a diversity of departments. The palliative care team at the University of New Mexico consists of: 

  • Hospice and palliative medicine board-certified physicians 
  • Advance practice nurses 
  • Arts-in-Medicine providers 
  • Clinical social workers 
  • Chaplains 
  • Administrative support 

Unlike hospice, palliative care is not limited to end-of-life. From medical pain relief to spiritual support, you will care for patients at many stages of complex illnesses.  

Support Palliative Care

Our palliative care programs improve the quality of life for patients dealing with complex health challenges.