Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care



Course Directors

James A. Tulsky, MD
Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Pediatric Track Directors

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH
Christina Ullrich, MD, MPH


November 5-10, 2017 AND
May 7-11, 2018


Hotel Marlowe
Cambridge, MA




Scholarships available


Earn up to 66.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for both the Adult and Pediatric tracks.

In Massachusetts
Opioid Education/Pain Management Credits:
Adult track max: 2.75
Pediatric track max: 4.00
End-of-Life Care Credits:
Adult track max: 34.00
Pediatric track max: 33.75

Application Period

Extended to June 26th



Photo by Bastienne Schmidt and Philippe Cheng

This photograph is from a collection of images that depicts our evolving culture of death in America, how we emotionally, spiritually, and practically experience mourning, grief, and loss. Our social and cultural environments impact and shape our responses to death and form the basis of traditional rituals as shown in this picture of three women having a picnic in a cemetery in memory of their loved ones.

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PCEP Tuition, Scholarship Opportunities, Application Information, Submission Instructions, and Refund Policy






Refund Policy

Application Period Now Closed

Important Dates

June 26, 2017: Application deadline
August 7, 2017: Application decisions emailed
September 4, 2017: Tuition due in full


Tuition Fee: $8,195 (USD).

Please Note: The tuition fee includes the course materials, breakfasts, breaks, lunches, and receptions for both Part 1 (November 5-10, 2017) and Part 2 (May 7-11, 2018). Tuition is paid in full before the course begins and covers the entire course. Once you have been accepted into the program you will receive payment instructions.

The tuition does not include the cost of housing or travel expenses.

You must attend both sessions in order to complete the course.

Tuition is due in full by September 4, 2017.

Scholarship Opportunities

We are able to offer a small number of competitive, partial scholarships for both U.S. and international applicants. PCEP scholarship recipients will be selected for their leadership abilities, their commitment to participating in building the field of palliative care, their service to underserved populations, and their project's potential impact.

The goal of the scholarship program is to identify individuals early in their palliative care careers and to support their interests, competencies, and dedication to the field by providing them with outstanding training about teaching and developing palliative care programs in an academic setting.

Special consideration will be given to U.S. clinicians from safety-net hospitals and international candidates.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  • a physician, with an affiliation with a medical school or teaching hospital, in the first five years of an academic appointment, or
  • a nurse (master's level), with an academic affiliation with a hospital or nursing home and at least five years experience in nursing practice, or
  • a physician or a nurse (master's level), affiliated with a safety-net institution, or
  • a physician or a nurse (master's level), employed by a Partners HealthCare affiliate, or
  • a pediatric clinician with a demonstrated need.

All scholarship applicants must include a personal statement with their application. See details below.

Scholarship Acknowledgments

We are grateful to the Open Society Foundations' Project on Death in America and Jane Weingarten and the late Dr. Charles Weingarten for their long-term commitment to scholarship funding. Special appreciation to the J. Andrew Billings, MD Memorial Fund. Additional scholarship assistance, and support for our "patients-as-teachers" program, is provided by Partners HealthCare, Inc., the Jacqueline S. Alaimo Palliative Care Fund, and JoJo's Education Fund.

Application Information

PCEP applications will be accepted until June 26, 2017. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please note that mastery of spoken and written English is essential for successful participation in PCEP. Candidates from countries for whom English is not the primary language may be interviewed to determine fluency.

All applicants will be informed of their status no later than August 7, 2017.

To apply to PCEP, please submit:

  • A completed application form.
  • A narrative statement (up to two pages) with:
    • Your current or planned activities in palliative care, including a description of your role as an educator and/or leader.
    • Your goals for taking this course, what can be accomplished during the 6 months of the course, and how you expect to use this course in your work.
    • A description of a new or current palliative care project (e.g., development of a palliative care education intervention or an expansion of outpatient services). The description should address the issues of institutional commitment to your project and sustainability. Participants will work on these projects during the course.
  • A letter from your Dean, Department Chair, or similar institutional leader indicating a commitment to you and to your career goals; institutional support for your project; and, support for your availability to participate fully in the course.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • All applicants seeking scholarship support must include a personal statement (up to one-half page) with:
    • A summary of your need, clearly outlining why you are applying for a scholarship and why you should receive one. Please include options you have pursued to secure funding, and the reasons why these have not worked out. Describe any other extenuating circumstances that would make you a candidate for scholarship support.
    • A brief description of your service to underserved populations and how your participation in PCEP will improve your care to them.

Applications will not be accepted for a single session.

Submission Instructions

Complete the application form and email it along with supporting materials to pallcare@partners.org or mail all documents to the address below.

HMS Center for Palliative Care (PCEP)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
450 Brookline Avenue, DA2016A
Boston, MA 02215

Registration Information

Once you have been accepted into the course, you will receive instructions on how to register. Please note that in addition to tuition, the following fees will apply:

$5: Processing (non-refundable service fee)
$30: Wire transfer (non-refundable banking fee). This fee only applies if you pay your tuition via wire transfer.
All fees are shown in USD

Registration by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express) or check can be made through Harvard Medical School's secure online registration system. Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Harvard Medical School. Learners who choose to pay by check will be prompted to download an online form to send in with a payment. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Your email address is used for critical information about the course including: registration confirmation, evaluation distribution, and certificate delivery. Please be sure to include an email address you check daily or frequently.

Refund Policy

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $575 (USD), will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email, or fax. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior. "No shows" are subject to the full course fee and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.