Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care

Our Mission

The Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (HMS CPC) aims to ease suffering and enhance the quality of care for patients and their families dealing with life-threatening and/or serious illness, through fostering leadership and supporting outstanding educational programs in palliative care. By educating future generations of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, the Center serves as a national and international resource for the best practices in palliative care education and practice.

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Now Accepting Applications!
Palliative Care Research Fellowship

We now offer a two-year research fellowship opportunity that can follow the clinical year of training. A separate application will be required, and applicants from any discipline with a demonstrated interest in research are encouraged to apply. The goal of this fellowship is to develop the necessary skills to advance to independent investigators in palliative care. For more information, please contact the fellowship leadership at POPCResearchFellowship@partners.org.


SICPSerious Illness Care Program (SICP)

A Course for Change Agents at the Personal, Practice, and System Level

June 22-24, 2016

Participants in this intensive, highly-interactive, two-and-a-half-day course, sponsored jointly by Ariadne Labs, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, will learn about and practice an innovative approach to serious illness discussion and develop competencies in training others and implementing a system-wide Serious Illness Care Program (SICP) at their local institution. Derived from evidence-based best practices, this new course offers proven strategies, practical instruction, tools, and workshops to support you, your colleagues, and your institution in conducting these difficult, but crucial, conversations.

This course is targeted towards those who work with patients and families with serious illness including Physicians, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers and Chaplains, especially those who are responsible for system-wide innovations to improve the quality of care, manage populations, and enhance value.

Download the 2016 course brochure


ASPNArt & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN)

A Course for Nurses in Palliative Care Basics

June 9-10, 2016


The Art & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN) course focuses on applying essential principles of palliative nursing to the management of patients with various chronic illnesses across settings. Sessions will highlight advance care planning, communication, pain and symptom management, and integrative therapies in palliative care.

Download the 2015 course brochure


PCEP Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP)

A Course for Palliative Care Clinical and Education Leaders

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

Next Session:
October 30-November 5, 2016 and
April 30-May 5, 2017
Applications will be available in late winter/early spring 2016

Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) offers intensive learning experiences for physician and nurse educators who wish to become expert in the clinical practice and teaching of comprehensive, interdisciplinary palliative care, as well as gain expertise in leading and managing improvements in palliative care education and practice at their own institutions. Our goal is to contribute to the training of leaders and educators who can train the next generation of clinicians, and build new programs to improve access to palliative care services. PCEP provides intensive small group teaching focused on communication, psychosocial issues, feedback, self-care, change management, ethical challenges, and many other topics.

PCEP is designed for physician and nurse educators who wish to enhance their skills in clinical practice, teaching, and program development in palliative care and who have, or wish to develop, a leadership role at their institution. In addition, educators, hospital administrators, mental health clinicians, pharmacists, and physician assistants are also encouraged to attend.

Download the 2015-16 course brochure


PAPCPractical Aspects of Palliative Care (PAPC)

A Foundational Program in Palliative Care for New and Experienced Clinicians

September 15-17, 2016

Registration will Open in Spring 2016

Practical Aspects of Palliative Care (PAPC) is a two-and-one-half-day course designed to offer physicians, nurses, and other clinicians the information and skills needed to provide high quality palliative care to patients with serious illnesses in a variety of practice settings. It addresses the assessment and management of current challenges in palliative care, including the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual/existential sources of suffering experienced by 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.

We invite all physicians, nurses, 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. This course is designed to provide basic palliative care content for those seeking to build competencies in palliative care, as well as to provide a refresher learning experience for experienced palliative care clinicians.

Download the 2015 course brochure


PCFHI

Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI)

A Course for Hospital-based Clinicians

March 16-18, 2017

This course will not run in 2016.
Please join us in 2017.

Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI) is an intensive two-and-one-half-day course that fills a significant gap for hospital-based specialists who seek training in palliative care, and provides these clinicians with the information and skills needed to offer high quality, specialist-level palliative care to inpatients with life-threatening illnesses. Hospitalists and intensivists will acquire a toolbox of key competencies required to deal with challenging end-of-life situations in the hospital. This course will utilize interactive learning formats, such as panel presentations, case-based discussions, Q and A, and role modeling.

This course is specially designed to meet the needs of 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.

Download the 2015 course brochure


International Programs

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