Grantee details

Traveling Scholars Program Report

Rafael Ernesto Cerna Pena, Mr.

Travel date: November 9, 2022

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: X Congreso Latinoamericano de Cuidados Paliativos

Origin: Santa Tecla, El Salvador / Destination: San Jose, Costa Rica


How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

I work in an acute care hospital called Hospital Nacional San Rafael in El Salvador. I am the coordinator of the Pain and Palliative Care Unit. It seems to me that everything that has been learned in the congress will help the unit grow since it is a unit new with 1 year of evolution, we currently have the external consultation and the interconsultation in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team (doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists and chaplains), keywords that will make the unit grow will be like the ones mentioned by Dr. Bruera, there is no need to be afraid of demanding the necessary resources to provide good palliative care, because death is everyone's business, we must make everyone aware, not just professionals, and it is something that will be managed to promote it in the hospital, without No doubt it is clear to me that the new presentation of palliative care will be like advanced medicine, the congress helped to expand how to be able to carry out efforts to incorporate in our work environment, such as promoting rotations for residents within the unit, follow-up via telemedicine, fostering a friendly and harmonious relationship with other specialties, opening home visits, among other measures.

How will you new knowledge & acquired skills help in furthering your work in hospice and palliative care in your program/city/ or country?

In short, to promote and recruit more human talent to apply palliative medicine, encourage teamwork, unit growth, continuous training
and volunteering, in addition to planning advance care appropriate for each patient and family.

How IAHPC Traveling Scholars Program be improved in order to help other future traveling scholars?

Creating a whatsapp chat for scholarship holders for information, improve communication between everyone, generate more connections and give notices