Community Bus Rounds

A seemingly simple, yet incredibly profound experience. Texas Bus Rounds takes health care providers into patient's homes or alternate care settings, allowing them to observe the challenges they face at the end of life. Participants then discuss how that patient can live as well as possible, for as long as possible.

Local and rural hospices co-sponsor a Bus Round with the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine. Bus Rounds are offered every six weeks in Houston and surrounding areas, and every other month in rural Texas. Attendance is limited to the first 30 registrants. CME and CEU credits are offered at no cost for doctors, social workers and nurses. An application is currently in process to offer CEU credits to pastoral caregivers.

For more information about Texas Bus Rounds, or if you are interested in hosting a Bus Round, please contact:

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dept. of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 008
Houston, TX  77030
Phone: 713-792-6085
Fax: 713-792-6092

Teleconferencing with India

On April 13, 2005, the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine and the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, in Kochi, India, began videoconferencing to discuss complex palliative care cases that are common in both parts of the world. This teleconference was mainly to exchange information, but also to learn issues including symptom management, ethics, healthcare systems and cross-cultural differences in beliefs and knowledge. 

The most common cancers in India are head and neck and cervical cancer. Both of these cancers present a unique symptom burden in addition to psychosocial issues. The teleconferences provide an excellent platform to educate fellows in training at both ends. Cases from both sides are presented on a monthly basis.