Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care




Eva Chittenden, MD
Kristen Schaefer, MD


March 16-18, 2017


Colonnade Hotel
Boston, MA




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


Earn up to 20.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

In Massachusetts
Opioid Education/Pain Management Credits: A maximum of 2.00
End-of-Life Care Credits: A maximum of 2.00


A maximum of 20.50 Continuing Nursing Education hours will be awarded.


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Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI)

A Course for Hospital-based Clinicians

Course Description

This intensive 2-1/2 -day course fills a significant gap for hospital-based specialists who seek training in palliative care, and provides these clinicians with the knowledge and skills needed to offer high quality, primary palliative care to inpatients with life-threatening illnesses. Hospitalists and intensivists will acquire a toolbox of key competencies required to deal with challenging communications, ethical, pain and symptom management issues in the hospital. This course will utilize interactive learning formats, such as communication exercises, small-group breakout sessions, and role modeling.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Incorporate effective pain and symptom management into clinical practice and use opioids appropriately in patients with life-limiting illness.
  • Assess and address the psychological, social and existential causes of distress in seriously ill hospitalized patients and their families.
  • Develop a cognitive map and effective skills for patient and family-centered communication, including giving prognostic information, leading goals of care discussions and family meetings, addressing strong emotions, and making recommendations.
  • Integrate into clinical practice an effective patient- and family-centered approach to disease specific issues such as communication about a) devices in heart failure, b) the benefits and downsides of dialysis, c) and the pros and cons of artificial feeding in dementia.
  • Describe and counsel patients and families about the benefits of hospice at end of life.

Who Should Attend?

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.