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Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter
Physician and writer
Highland Hospital, Oakland
I am a physician who practices both Critical Care and Palliative Care. I write frequently in the popular press about this complex intersection, of how to merge attention to quantity of life with quality of life. My first book will be published in February 2017 by Penguin-Random House. I am also featured in Extremis, a movie about the complexities surrounding medical decision making in an ICU.
Thanks Doug! Your ideas are along the lines of what we have mocked up so far. Starting with personalizing the experience and and creating a safe space in the beginning, and then getting more specific about personal "do's and don'ts" around death. We would then have the students work with their families to do the same.
Thank you for sharing your story! We completely agree that it is essential to account for the broad range of personal preferences and experiences when teaching young people about how to manage this critical time of life.