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IAHPC Hospice and Palliative Care Newsletter


2005; Volume 6, No 6, June


IAHPC Traveling Scholars Report

Martha Ximena Leon, MD

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Martha Ximena Leon, MD

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Roger Woodruff, MD

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'The Right to Die' and 'The Right to Live' Debate:
Dr. Derek Doyle

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IAHPC Traveling Scholar’s Report

Martha Ximena Leon, MD

We are currently developing a Department of Palliative Care at the Universidad de La Sabana in Bogota, Colombia. The new knowledge that I acquired in the Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) in Aachen, Germany, is helping me organize the educational, research and clinical resources that we have at the University. In the congress workshops we exchanged ideas in on how to implement educational strategies for undergraduate courses and general practitioners which is going to be very useful. I also learned new tools that are helping me design research protocols that we will be able to apply with our patients and hopefully the results will have an impact in the quality of life of patients in Colombia and Latin America. The possibility to meet people from all over the world who are working in palliative care and to build networks of support was very important. This will help us exchange ideas, provide the opportunity to learn from people who have more experience, give us support for different projects and the possibility to know programs with different models of care.

I learned a lot of things and many ideas came to my mind during and after the Aachen Congress. Because of this I am very grateful with the IAHPC for giving me this opportunity.

Martha Ximena Leon, MD

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