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)

A Course for Palliative Care Clinical and Education Leaders

November 5-10, 2017 and May **6**-11, 2018
Please note earlier start date!

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 in which to efficiently acquire the skills and perspective necessary to influence this changing health care environment.

**UPDATED** PCEP 2019 will be December 2 - 7, 2018 and April 28 - May 3, 2019. The application period will open in Spring 2018.

ASPNArt & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN)

A Course for Nurses in Palliative Care Basics

June 14-15, 2018

Palliative care is an essential element of nursing. This two-day course is designed to provide registered nurse and advanced practice registered nurses with palliative care knowledge and skills applicable across the health continuum. Through an adult learning model, this course focuses on essential principles and concepts that guide the nursing care for patients and families living with serious and/or life-threatening illness. Within the theme of quality of life, topics include suffering, psychosocial distress, and spiritual concerns, to pain and symptom management. Cultural diversity, communication, ethics, end-of-life care, and self-care are integral themes.

Download the 2017 course brochure

PAPCPractical Aspects of Palliative Care (PAPC)

A Foundational Program in Palliative Care for New and Experienced Clinicians

September 2018

Practical Aspects of Palliative Care: Integrating Palliative Care into Clinical Practice (PAPC) provides a "deep dive" into palliative care content for both palliative care specialist and non-specialist clinicians, as well as other allied health professionals.

Join us in Boston for 2½ days with colleagues from across the United States and around the globe focusing on pain and symptom control, cultural issues, communication skills, prognostication, bereavement, management of various non-oncological conditions, the special needs of patients at various stages of the life cycle, and ethical, legal, and practical issues in the setting of advanced illness. Recent research in palliative care will also be presented.


Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI)

A Course for Hospital-based Clinicians

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.

This course is specially designed to meet the needs of hospitalists and intensivists (MD, DO, NP, PA) and subspecialty clinicians or generalists with substantial inpatient practices (e.g., cardiologists, surgeons) who are interested in improving their palliative care skills.

International Programs

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