Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care




Kristen G. Schaefer, MD
Eva H. Chittenden, MD


September 13-15, 2017


Colonnade Hotel
Boston, MA




$895 physicians
$795 residents, nurses, allied health professionals
$695 social workers, chaplains


Earn up to 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

In Massachusetts
Opioid Education/Pain Management Credits: A maximum of 6.25
End-of-Life Care Credits: A maximum of 18.75


A maximum of 18.75 Contact Hours will be awarded upon completion of an evaluation.


PENDING: A maximum of 18.75 Social Work CEs will be awarded.


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

A Foundational Program in Palliative Care for New and Experienced Clinicians

Course Description

This two-and-one-half-day course is designed to offer physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals essential knowledge and skills to provide high quality palliative care to patients with serious illnesses in a variety of practice settings. It addresses the assessment and management of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual/existential sources of suffering experienced by seriously ill 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.

Sessions will focus on pain and symptom management, serious illness communication, trajectory and prognosis of various oncologic and non-oncologic conditions, bereavement, experience of illness across the life cycle, system-level innovation, and ethical, legal, and practical issues at the end of life. Recent research in palliative care will also be presented.

Interactive learning formats include: Q&A, panel presentations, small group case-based discussions, communication skills practice, and ask the expert sessions. The course is designed to change both learner competence and performance in practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Assess and manage physical, psychological, social, and spiritual/existential sources of suffering for patients and their families dealing with life-limiting or serious illnesses.
  • Develop practical strategies for discussing patient fears, hopes, goals, and wishes for care at the end of life, including balancing hope and honesty in discussing treatment options and dealing with the ethical issues that arise at the end of life.
  • Cultivate approaches to working with diverse patient populations, different diseases, challenging scenarios, and various settings.
  • Describe key issues and principles of pain management with opioids, including equianalgesic dosing, common side effects, addiction, tolerance, and dependence.

Who Should Attend?

We invite all primary care physicians, specialty physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and allied health professionals who work with patients and families with serious illness or near the end of life to attend this course.