Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care

Our Mission

The Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (HMS CPC) aims to ease suffering and enhance the quality of care for patients and their families dealing with life-threatening and/or serious illness, through fostering leadership and supporting outstanding educational programs in palliative care. By educating future generations of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, the Center serves as a national and international resource for the best practices in palliative care education and practice.


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PCEP Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP)

November 3-10, 2015 and May 4-10, 2016

Applications due August 10, 2015

Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) offers intensive learning experiences for physician and nurse educators who wish to become expert in the clinical practice and teaching of comprehensive, interdisciplinary palliative care, as well as gain expertise in leading and managing improvements in palliative care education and practice at their own institutions. Our goal is to contribute to the training of leaders and educators who can train the next generation of clinicians, and build new programs to improve access to palliative care services.

You may apply for either the adult track or the pediatric track. The pediatric track will highlight the unique aspects of pediatric palliative care.

Download the 2015-16 course brochure

PAPCPractical Aspects of Palliative Care: Integrating Palliative Care into Clinical Practice (PAPC)

September 17-19, 2015

Registration now open

Practical Aspects of Palliative Care (PAPC) is a two-and-one-half-day course designed to offer physicians, nurses, and other clinicians the information and skills needed to provide high quality palliative care to patients with serious illnesses in a variety of practice settings. It addresses the assessment and management of current challenges in palliative care, including the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual/existential sources of suffering experienced by patients and their families. Through plenary sessions and small breakout groups, participants will develop a toolbox of palliative care competencies and will learn from colleagues facing similar practice challenges.

Download the 2015 course brochure

ASPNArt & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN)

June 11-12, 2015

REgistration is now Closed

The Art & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN) course focuses on applying essential principles of palliative nursing to the management of patients with various chronic illnesses across settings. Sessions in 2015 will highlight advance care planning, communication, pain and symptom management, and integrative therapies in palliative care.

Download the 2015 course brochure

SICPSerious Illness Care Program (SICP)

Communication in Serious Illness: An Innovative Approach to Clinical Care and Quality Improvement

June 4-6, 2015

Caring for patients with serious illness, especially those who are approaching the end of life, is one of the most challenging responsibilities in clinical work. Communicating with patients and their families concerning end-of-life issues, continuing care plans, and possible outcomes is crucial. Participants in this intensive, highly-interactive, two-and-a-half-day course, sponsored jointly by Ariadne Labs and the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, will learn about and practice an innovative approach to serious illness discussion and develop competencies in training others in implementing a Serious Illness Care Program (SICP) at their local institution. Derived from evidence-based best practices, this new course offers proven strategies, practical instruction, tools, and workshops to help you conduct these difficult conversations.

Download the 2015 course brochure

For more information and to register visit http://seriousillness.hmscme.com/


Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI)

March 16-18, 2017

This course will not run in 2016.
Please join us in 2017.

Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI) is an intensive two-and-one-half-day course that fills a significant gap for hospital-based specialists who seek training in palliative care, and provides these clinicians with the information and skills needed to offer high quality, specialist-level palliative care to inpatients with life-threatening illnesses. Hospitalists and intensivists will acquire a toolbox of key competencies required to deal with challenging end-of-life situations in the hospital. This course will utilize interactive learning formats, such as panel presentations, case based discussions, Q and A, and role modeling.

Download the 2015 course brochure

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