What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge in the key competencies of palliative care, including advanced pain and symptom management

  • Apply new communication skills to the complex care of seriously ill patients

  • Teach fundamental palliative care principles to learners from a variety of healthcare settings

  • Develop palliative care curricula using principles of adult learning styles, new teaching methodologies, and goal-directed feedback

  • Integrate palliative care clinical programs into a wide variety of healthcare settings by assessing institutional structure and culture, evaluating readiness to change and developing palliative care programs with strategies for continuity. 

Course description

Palliative care is an essential component of medical care for patients with serious illness. The field is growing rapidly, presenting healthcare institutions and systems with challenges about how to meet the need with high quality care. Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) is a comprehensive course delivered by expert palliative care clinicians and educators who create a warm, welcoming environment conducive to deep learning and growth. PCEP provides physicians, nurses, and social workers a structure to efficiently acquire the skills and perspectives necessary to influence this changing health care environment. At the conclusion of PCEP, participants will have acquired significant skills in the clinical practice and teaching of comprehensive, interdisciplinary palliative care, as well as having gained expertise in leading and managing improvements in palliative care education and practice at their own institutions.

This accredited course is offered by Dana Farber. 

This course is targeted to Primary Care Physicians Nurses, Specialty Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. 

Contact ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu with questions. 


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