Deborah Jane Way, MD, FAAHPM

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Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Geriatrics)
Site Director PVAMC, Palliative Care Fellowship Program, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
3461 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-823-5800 x 5445
Fax: 215-823-7823
Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1986.
BBA ( )
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1992.
Cert (Pre-Med)
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, 1997.
MD (Medicine)
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.
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Description of Other Expertise

I have advanced training in communication skills, especially those at the end of life. This expertise is due, in part, to a five day communications skills workshop sponsored by "VitalTalk."
I have also received "train the trainer" education based on an evidence based collaboration between "VitalTalk" and the VA Healthcare System as the VA launched its Life Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative.
Finally I have co-taught communication skills via national VitalTalk training courses and for nine years have co-taught communication skills to Palliative Medicine fellows during 4 day workshops.

Selected Publications

Schlögl M, Riese F, Little M, Blum D, Jox R, O'Neill L, Pautex S, Piers R, Way D, Jones C.: Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Cognitive Impairment and Institutional Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine 23(11), October 2020.

Deborah Way, MD, Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, Marcos Montagnini, MD,Susan Nathan, MD,Sherena A. Perry, DO, MA, Heather Dale, LSW, Jill L. Savage, LMSW, Carol A. Luhrs, MD,Scott T. Shreve, DO,and Christopher A. Jones, MD, MBA: Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Providers Should Know About Caring for Veterans. JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE 22(6), June 2019.

Way DJ, Winn P.: Integrating Palliative Care into Practice. Post-Acute and Long Term Medicine: A Pocket Guide. Pamela A. Fenstemacher & Peter Winn (eds.). Human Press, Page: 177-201, Jan 2016.

Way,D: Department of Veteran Affairs Options for LTC. Post-Acute and Long-Term Medicine: A Pocket Guide. Pamela A. Fenstemacher & Peter Winn (eds.). Humana Press, Page: 47-50, Jan 2016.

Dougherty M, Harris PS, Teno J, Corcoran AM, Douglas C, Nelson J, Way D, Harrold JE, Casarett DJ: Hospice Care in Assisted Living Facilities Versus at Home: Results of a Multisite Cohort Study. J Am Geriatr Soc 63(6): 1153-7, Jun 2015.

Way D1, Smucker WD: A reflection on "death as harm". J Palliat Med 17(11): 1196, Nov 2014.

Way DJ : Dementia, Delirium, and Depression. Long Term Medicine: a Pocket Guide. Humana Press (eds.). Humana Press, 2011.

Way DJ: Impact of an Educational In-Service on Nurses’ Understanding of a Palliative Care Service. Long Term Care: Management, Applied Research and Clinical Issues 8(3): b17, 2007.

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