Dealing with Death & Dying in Medical Education and Practice
© 2001 Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS
AMSA Convention March 30, 2001
Web Resources  Articles Utilized for Presentation - Alphabetical
  • Bascom PB, Tolle SW. Care of the Family when the patient is dying. WJM 1995;163:292-296.
  • Block SD. The Physician as Healer. Presented at UCSF’s "End of Life Care for the Hospitalized Patient, October 2000.
  • CancerNet. Loss, Grief, and Bereavement (PDQ®) Supportive Care - Health Professionals. National Cancer Institute. Date Last Modified: 03/2001.  Available through link at:
  • Curtis, J. Randall, Wenrich, Marjorie D., Carline, Jan D., Shannon, Sarah E., Ambrozy, Donna M. & Ramsey, Paul G. Understanding Physicians' Skills at Providing End-of-Life Care. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2001; 16 (1), 41-49.
  • Dyer, KA. Caring for the Person, Not Just the Patient. June 6, 2000 Open Forum Section, Last Acts Website. Available at:
  • Dyer KA. The Potential Impact of CODES on Team Members: Examining Medical Education Training. Trauma Response Fall/Winter 2001;7:19-21. Available at:
  • Dyer, K. Healing from Grief Using a Website, Color, Writing, Poetry and Wilderness. Presented Dec. 27, 2000, AIMED Conference, Creativity and Madness for CME Credits.
  • Dyer KA. Learning to Let Go: The Patient Becomes the Teacher. Female Physician. Spring 2000 p.9. 
  • Dyer KA. A Granddaughter’s Tribute to Her Grandmother. Last Acts Newsletter: Winter 2000 Vol 6. p. 7.
  • Foubister V. Bringing light to Dying. American Medical News. 2000;43:9-10.
  • Goold SD, Williams B, Arnold RM. Conflicts regarding decisions to limit treatment: A differential diagnosis. JAMA 2000;283:909-914.
  • Heidenreich C, Weissman DE. Death Pronouncement and Death Notification: What the Resident Needs to Know, November 2000. Available from: EPERC (End-of-Life Physician Education Resource Center)
  • Mahoney LE. Palley JK. Bioethical Decision Making with Patients, Families, and Staff: The Right Way and the Wrong Way. 1990. Ethical Currents, Center for Bioethics, St. Joseph Health System.
  • Miranda J. Brody RV. Communicating bad news. WJM 1992; 156:83-85.
  • Quill TE. Initiating End-of-Life Discussions With Seriously Ill Patients: Addressing the "Elephant in the Room." JAMA 2000;284:2502-2507.
  • Pantilat SZ. Care of dying patients: beyond symptom management. WJM 1999;171:253-256.
  • Pantilat S. Block S. Communicating with Families of Dying Patients: The Family Meeting. Presented at UCSF’s "End of Life Care for the Hospitalized Patient, October 2000.
  • Pantilat SZ. Just say yes: the use of opioids for managing pain at the end of life. WJM 1999;171:257-259.
  • Pinkowish MD. Management of pain and other discomfort. Patient Care. 2000;34:38-71.
  • Rabow MW, McPhee SJ. Beyond breaking bad news: how to help patients who suffer. WJM 1999;171: 260-263.
  • Rabow MW, McPhee SJ. Doctoring to Heal. WJM 2001;174:66-69.
Special Journal Issues Other Related Articles by Dr. Dyer
  • Dyer KA. Thompson CD. Internet Use for Web-education on the Overlooked Areas of Grief and Loss. CyberPsychology and Behavior. 2000; 3(2):255-270. 
  • Dyer, KA, quoted by Dana James in Deep Impact, The New Physician. 1999:48:16-19,21. (An article on medical student and resident abuse issues.)
  • Dyer KA, Thompson CD, Reis O, Romer S. Using the Internet for Patient and Physician Web-education and Health Promotion. World Congress for the Internet and Medicine, Virtual Congress, MEDNET 1998, London, England. Electronic Poster Presentation #11. 
  • Dyer KA. A Cry From Within. West J. Med. 1998: 169:251-2.
  • Dyer KA. Healers and Healing: Learning to Let Go. On website: 
  • Dyer KA and Reis O, Burnout Article Strikes a Chord, letters. California Physician Nov. 1997:14:9.
  • Dyer KA. Are We Losing the He(art) of Medicine? California Physician 1997;14:14. Available at:
  • Dyer KA. The Road not Taken. West J Med. 1996;164:369-70.
  • Dyer KA. The Toxic Intern Syndrome Revisited: Genetics vs. Environment. Sac Med. 1996;47:16. Available at: 
  • Dyer KA. They Just Fade Away. American J Med. 1995;99:321-2.
  • Dyer KA. The Resident’s Rat Race--Do We Need Work Hour Reform? California Physician. 1995:12:32-4.
  • Dyer KA. Grievance Issues and Resident Abuse: Resources Available. JAMA. 1995;274:41.
  • Dyer KA. Resident Abuse: Time to Be Recognized. JAMA. 1995;273:288g.
  • Dyer KA. Interpreting Toxic Intern Syndrome. West J Med. 1994;161:192.
  • Dyer KA. Toxic Intern Syndrome. West J Med. 1994:160:378-9. Available at:
  • Dyer KA. It’s Not the End of the World. JAMA. 1993;269:1184.
  • Dyer KA. The intolerable imperfection of medical judgement. American Medical News. June 1, 1992;35:60,62. 
  • Dyer KA. Reshaping Our Views of Death and Dying. JAMA. 1992;267:1265,1269-70.
  • Name withheld. A Warm Gesture. JAMA. 1992;267:743.
  • Dyer KA. It’s O.K. Southern Med J.  1991;84:90-1.
  • Dyer KA. Fleeting Moments. West J Med. 1990;152:195. 
Additional Selected Books (For more please see the websites) 
  • Braun, Kathryn; Pietsch, James; and Blanchette, Patricia. Cultural Issues in End-of-life Decision Making. Sage Publications, 2000.
  • Buckman R. How to Break Bad News: A guide for Health Care Professionals. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.
  • Buscaglia L. Living, Loving and Learning. New York: Random House, 1982.
  • Byock I. Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End. New York, NY: Riverhead Books; 1997.
  • Cassell CK, Field MJ. Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life. Washington DC: National Academy Press, 1997.
  • Dorn-Zotovich K. My Memory Maker. San Luis Obispo, CA: Poor Richard’s Press, 1999. From
  • Dorn-Zotovich K. Good Grief For Kids. Los Osos, CA: Journal Keepers Publishing, 2000. From
  • Fox J. Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. New York, NY: Tarher/Putnam, 1997.
  • Hanks GW, MacDonald N, Doyle D. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Kübler-Ross E. The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying. New York, NY: Scribner, 1997.
  • Levine S. A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as if it were Your Last. New York: Bell Tower, 1997.
  • Lynn J, Schuster JL, Kabcenell A. Improving Care for the End of Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Lynn J, Harrold JK. Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Nelson, D. Making Friends with Cancer. Tallahassee, FL: Findhorn Press, 2000.
  • Parkes CM, Markus A. Coping with Loss. London: BMJ Books, 1999
  • Remen RN. Kitchen table Wisdom: stories that heal. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996. 

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