I am a palliative care physician. Daily I am asked to define and describe what exactly that is - palliative care. Simply put, palliative care/palliative medicine is the practice of meeting people where they are at. It is combining the science and art of medicine to look at the forest through the trees. It is taking the time with the patient to put the puzzle together so that the patient can understand not only the specifics of his/her disease(s), but the complex interrelationships of their diagnosis with respect to their values and goals.