This new series introduces candidates for the European Association for Palliative Care Board of Directors who will be standing for election (or in some cases re-election) in May 2015. We hope the blog posts provide an opportunity for candidates to explain more about themselves and how they might contribute to the EAPC and the palliative care community more generally. Board members are nominated by national associations or, in a few cases, by individual members. They are elected as individuals to service the EAPC for a four-year term, with one additional opportunity to be re-elected. The EAPC is keen to have Board members from all disciplines, at all stages of their career, and from all parts of Europe.
The series continues today with Dr Sophie Pautex, physician in charge of the geriatric and palliative care community unit, University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland.
Since 2007, I have been the coordinator of the Geriatric Palliative Care Interest Group of EUGMS (European Union Geriatric Medicine Society). This has allowed me to build a network of European geriatricians interested in palliative care. Since 2012, I have been involved in the joint working group of the EUGMS and the EAPC. These different experiences, as well as my participation in two European research initiatives to improve care of older patients, have motivated me to expand my activities at European level. If elected to the EAPC Board, I would be particularly keen to contribute towards ensuring quality palliative care for older patients, to participate in the development of the training of medical students in this field and to continue inter-professional education.
I’m a physician who completed my training in internal medicine and then in geriatrics. In 1999, I established a pain and palliative care consultation team in the University Hospital Geneva for older patients. I’m currently in charge of a community geriatric and palliative care consultation team with an important pre- and post-graduate education and in charge of some research protocols. During the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to be president of our local palliative care association, to participate in our national strategy, to be a member of ‘palliative ch’ (our national palliative care association) and to participate in the coordination of research initiatives across Switzerland.
By chance, I spent my first year of training in a palliative care unit. The medical staff there taught me everything I had not learned in my studies: the overall care of patients and communication. What interests me most of all is the management of a patient in a complex palliative care situation, which is not something you can just read about in a textbook or in the literature. It requires the consideration of many factors of the patient (his disease and wishes), his family and his environment. This forces us to challenge and question ourselves daily and it makes our job exciting. I love working with older people, or very old patients, who always have long and interesting stories.
And outside of palliative care, I love travelling, seeing new places, walking in the mountains, eating well and cooking.
Coming up on the EAPC blog…
We shall be publishing more posts from our candidates in the run-up to the elections. Click here to read previous posts from other candidates.
Are you coming to Copenhagen?
See you at the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care – Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 May 2015. Follow us on Twitter @EAPCOnlus – our official congress hashtag is #eapc2015
Sophie Pautex is presenting ‘Validation of Three Different French Forms of ESAS’ in the Free Communication session on Friday 8 May at 11h15 in Meeting Room 20 at the Congress. Download the final programme here.