Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care




Eva Chittenden, MD
Kristen Schaefer, MD
Susan D. Block, MD


March 16-18, 2017


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PCFHI Details

Please note that the course will NOT be offered in 2016.

ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient care: Palliative care is compassionate, skilled, and effective care near the end of life that helps patients and their families live as well as possible in the face of a serious illness. The focus on patient-centered care has been shown repeatedly to lead to more appropriate resource utilization.
  • Medical knowledge: Palliative care represents an often-overlooked aspect of medical education. A large body of knowledge, as acknowledged in the recent recognition of the field as a medical specialty, is missing from the training of most physicians, and will be conveyed in this course.
  • Practice-based learning and improvement: We present a number of national guidelines and quality improvement metrics that can be used by participants.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills: A large portion of the course is devoted to communication and interpersonal skills in working with dying patients and their families
  • Professionalism: Sessions on ethics in clinical practice support this goal, as do workshops on working with challenging patients. An Ethics track is noted in the course schedule.
  • Systems-based practice: These competencies are addressed especially in discussions about transitions in care, but also evident in many other sessions, such as approaches to the management of heart failure or dementia. A Quality Assurance track is described in the schedule.


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

 Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 18.75 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Risk Management Credits in Massachusetts

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 23.75 credits of Risk Management Study. This includes 5.00 Credits of Opioid Education and Pain Management Training (sessions marked with an asterisk) and 18.75 Credits of End-of-Life Care Studies (all sessions).

Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.

Course Location and Travel

A limited number of rooms have been reserved until February 18, 2015 at:
The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
800-962-3030 (+1-617-424-7000, outside US and Canada)

Please specify that you are enrolled in this course to receive a reduced room rate of $279 single/double.

Reservations should be made directly with the hotel only after acceptance to the course has been confirmed. Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration.