Foundation activities

Foundation Prizes

On January 12, 2010 the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation and Hastings Center awarded its inaugural Physician Prizes to four outstanding physicians across the nation committed to end-of-life care. $50,000 went to Robert A. Milch, MD, FACS, of The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, near Buffalo. Three $15,000 prizes were awarded to early-career physicians Elisabeth Potts Dellon, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina, Jeffrey N. Stoneberg, DO, of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine and Eytan Szmuilowicz, MD, of Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago. To learn more about the prizes and 2010/2011 recipients click here.

CME Symposia on The Art of Medicine at the End of Life

Initiated in 2007, the Symposia provide physicians and surgeons in all specialties with a solid overview of current issues, dilemmas, and ‘best practices’ in end of life care. Faculty members tend to be national leaders in their respective fields. The most recent ‘Art of Medicine at the End of Life’ symposium took place in May of 2009 at the New York Academy of Medicine . As in 2007, a superb faculty provided material that was highly interactive, using short didactic presentations, open discussions, and case presentations to enhance one’s understanding, comfort level, and skill in working with patients who are at or near the end of their lives.

Cunniff-Dixon Collaborations

Through developing partnerships around end-of-life issues with leading professional organizations, the Foundation intends to become a ‘trusted source’ for medical education in end-of-life care. In 2008 we established a collaboration with The American College of Surgeons to develop a curriculum for training U.S. surgical residents in clinical, ethical, and legal aspects of palliative care for surgeons. This project was completed in December 2009 and the manual is now available on our website in PDF form. As we are not affiliated with any one medical school and solicit no financial support from health care corporations, we believe we can best fulfill our mission through serving as a resource for individual physicians and surgeons and their professional organizations. The PDF of this curriculum manual is now available

The Cunniff-Dixon Website

‘The Art of Medicine at the End of Life’ The Website is a rich educational resource in end-of-life care for physicians and surgeons. Sections include: 1) End of Life Resources for M.D.s—pertinent articles in the medical and surgical literature on all aspects of care at the end of life and websites they may suggest to patients with specific illnesses and FAQs on end-of-life care; 2) End-of-Life blogs written by physicians and surgeons working in palliative medicine 3)End of Life planning for patients, including The Cunniff-Dixon Letters; 4) Video highlights and archives of Foundation symposia; 5) End of Life Resources for Patients—books, articles, audio, video and websites that patients and their families may find useful.