TEDMED Talk with Dr. Steve Pantilat, "Why Palliative Care is Essential in the Face of Serious Illness"

When dealing with a serious or terminal illness, palliative care physician and TEDMED 2018 speaker, Steve Pantilat reminds us that “even in the midst of chaos there is hope”.  However, this kind of hope is different than the hope that the person will recover or be cured. In fact, at a certain point, false hope may be detrimental.

Dr. Michael Rabow discusses Palliative Care on an episode of Meaningful Medicine

Dr. Michael Rabow shares the broader mission of palliative care, what drew him to the specialty, lessons he's learned, and how he maintains a meaningful relationship with human suffering while also combating burnout.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify!

Psychiatry Residency to Palliative Care Fellowship

Ever wonder about being a psychiatrist who specializes in palliative care? In this 60 minute webinar, Dr. Dannielle Chammas (UCSF), Dr. Keri Brenner (Stanford), Dr. Daniel Shalev (Cornell), and Dr. Samuel Weisblatt (VNS Health), talk about their journey from psychiatry residency to palliative care fellowship and beyond.

End Game

End Game, a Netflix original documentary filmed at UCSF Medical Center and the Zen House is a sad, touching and ultimately hopeful film that tells the story of patients with serious illness and the compassionate care they receive from our Palliative Care team. End Game was directed by Academy Award winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and follows the stories of patients and their loved ones as they face serious illness and the end of life. The NY Times named End Game among the Best TV Shows and Movies in May, “[End Game is]… a provocative and intimate look at how doctors, nurses and patients at two San Francisco Bay Area hospitals cope with death. Frank without ever becoming too gloomy, End Game urges viewers to think about our last days on Earth not as a heartbreaking tragedy but as an opportunity for true closure.”

GeriPal Blog and Podcast

Our partners in the Division of Geriatrics host the podcast and blog GeriPal, a forum for discourse, recent news and research, and freethinking commentary.

GeriPal's objectives are to create an online community of interdisciplinary providers interested in geriatrics or palliative care and to provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas and disruptive commentary that changes clinical practice and health care policy. The site welcomes the perspectives and comments of generalists, specialists, gerontologists, palliative care clinicians, and anyone else interested in care of the elderly or palliative care. GeriPal has been mentioned/cited in the national press, including the NY Times and MSNBC, as well academic journals such as Palliative Medicine and the Lancet.

Visit the GeriPal site here.

What Really Matters at the End of Life, with Dr. BJ Miller

BJ Miller is a Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician and Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF. Dr. Miller thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

Voices of Mission Bay: Dr. Michael Rabow

A pivotal experience during medical training helped Dr. Michael Rabow realize what he cared about most: helping patients with serious illnesses live as well as possible. Read the full UCSF Medical Center interview with him here.

Mini-Medical School for the Public: Palliative Care

This 4-part video series provides a foundation on the basics of Palliative Care. 


The University of California Television Program has published a series of videos focused on Palliative Care. Topics include Pain Management, Communication, Advance Care Planning, Illness, Identity and Suffering, and more. 

Explore the UCTV Palliative Care site here.