Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care



Course Directors

Susan D. Block, MD
Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Pediatric Track Directors

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH
Richard D. Goldstein, MD


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


Royal Sonesta Hotel
Cambridge, MA


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Scholarships available


Earn up to 86.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for both the Adult and Pediatric tracks.

In Massachusetts
Opioid Education/Pain Management Credits:
Adult track max: 2.50
Pediatric track max: 3.50
End-of-Life Care Credits:
Adult track max: 51.50
Pediatric track max: 50.25

Application Period

Closes August 7, 2015
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.



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 will open soon. This information is not current.


Tuition Fee: $6,900 (USD)

Please Note: The tuition fee includes the course materials, breakfasts, breaks, lunches, and opening and closing banquets for both Part 1 (November 4-11, 2014) and Part 2 (May 6-12, 2015). The tuition does not include the cost of housing or travel expenses. Tuition is paid before the course begins and covers the entire course. Once you have been accepted into the program you will receive payment instructions.

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

Tuition is due in full by September 26, 2014.

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.

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

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. Additional scholarship assistance, and support for our "patients-as-teachers" program, is provided by Partners HealthCare, Inc., the Jacqueline S. Alaimo Palliative Care Fund, JoJo's Education Fund, and the Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation.

Application Information

PCEP applications will be accepted until August 18, 2014. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The selection of participants is based on palliative care experience, participant diversity, teaching or research experience, project potential, and institutional commitment.

All applicants will be informed of their status no later than August 25, 2014.

To apply to PCEP, please submit:

  • A completed application form, either hard copy or electronic (coming soon).
  • A narrative statement (up to three 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 electronic application form (coming soon), then email supporting materials to pallcare@partners.org or mail them to the address below.


Complete the hard copy application form and mail it along with supporting materials 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
Fax (617) 394-2678

Refund Policy

A handling fee of $500 is deducted for cancellation. All refund requests must be in writing and received by postal mail, email, or fax no later than September 26, 2014. No refunds will be made thereafter.