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San Diego Psychiatrist Scott Irwin Honored With National Recognition
Date:5/27/2009

st grant is always the most difficult to get because funding someone 'unknown' is always perceived as risky. Everyone at The Institute couldn't be more pleased for Scott."

"Psychiatric issues can impact physical health, the ability to respond to care and treatment, quality of life, and relationships with loved ones," said Dr. Irwin. "They can also interfere with a patient's capacity to make decisions, understand their situation, interact with caregivers, or reach their final goals. The need for psychiatrists to work with patients that have life-limiting illnesses and their families has never been greater."

"Through my admission to the ACP and the grant I received from the NPCRC, I hope to gain visibility for our program, educate my colleagues about palliative care psychiatry, and move the field forward with cutting edge research, so that more patients and families can benefit from the work we do at The Institute," added Dr. Irwin.

About The Institute for Palliative Medicine

The Institute for Palliative Medicine (IPM) at San Diego Hospice is internationally recognized for its excellence in palliative care education and research. Dedicated to the relief of suffering through the transformation of health care, it focuses on discovering, demonstrating and disseminating strategies for palliative care in existing health care systems whether here in San Diego or throughout the world. Physicians and healthcare professionals from around the globe come to The Institute for Palliative Medicine to study. Home to the country's largest palliative medicine physician fellowship program, The Institute also provides education to more than 1700 health care students and professionals each year. The Institute helped pioneer the palliative medicine subspecialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2006.

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SOURCE San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
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