Meet AAHPM President Tammie Quest
What led you to the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine?
As an emergency physician, I never dreamed of being a hospice and palliative medicine physician. I wasn’t even sure what that was. When I was an intern in emergency medicine, I was perplexed that we learned advanced cardiovascular life support but did not learn how to tell families that their loved one had died. I decided then (1994) that I wanted to do something in emergency medicine to teach emergency physicians how to perform death disclosures.