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The Nathan Adelson Hospice Osteopathic Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine program is officially approved by the American Osteopathic Association. This is the only osteopathic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship in the state of Nevada and one of 11 in the country.
Nathan Adelson Hospice, in conjunction with the Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program and Touro University will provide a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine that strives to be a model for excellence. The program provides humanistic, holistic, evidence-based education for graduate physicians seeking additional skill, competence, and certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The curriculum is consistent with the vision and requirements established by the American Osteopathic Association and delineated in the AOA Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training.
The Nathan Adelson Hospice Osteopathic Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine will consist of 12 months of training under the auspices of Nathan Adelson Hospice and its direct affiliate programs. The Fellows will provide hospice and palliative care medicine in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residences, sub-acute and acute care inpatient hospital settings and outpatient palliative care clinics.
Fellows will be assigned an active and ongoing population of patients for whom they will design appropriate Care Plans tailored to the specific palliative needs of the individual patient. By the end of the program, Fellows will demonstrate competence with the administration of interventional methods of palliation including but not limited to application and maintenance of patient-controlled analgesia dosing, subcutaneous or intra-articular injections as well as supportive osteopathic manual medicine techniques and complementary therapies.
Fellows, after one year of vigorous hands-on study, must graduate our program with the ability to successfully show competencies in the developed objectives of our program’s curriculum. This will be captured through a series of tests, interviews and research projects.
Warren L. Wheeler, MD, completed a 2 year fellowship in medical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, Texas in 1975. Until April 2002, he practiced medical oncology in Columbus, Ohio for the past 27 years, of which 25 years had been combined with hospice and palliative medicine. He was one in the first group of physicians to take the boards and become certified in hospice and palliative medicine. He pioneered the development of two hospice programs in Columbus as founding volunteer medical director.
Dr. Meeks obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at Brigham Young University. He then attended the University of Health Sciences, Kansas City for his Doctorate of Osteopathy. He did a rotating internship and a residency in emergency medicine at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He moved to Las Vegas in 1997 and he has practiced emergency medicine at Sunrise Hospital, University Medical Center ER and Trauma Center. He has also practiced Hyperbaric Medicine and is certified as an Independent Medical Examiner.
Dr. Cabanilla-Del Mundo accepted the position of Medical Director with Nathan Adelson Hospice upon completion of her Fellowship in the Nathan Adelson Hospice Osteopathic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program in 2015. She also serves as the Assistant Program Director.