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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Next Psychosocial Oncology Grand Rounds
September 27, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
Smith Building, Room 308/9, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Title: TBD


SICPSerious Illness Care Program (SICP)

Communication in Serious Illness: An Innovative Approach to Clinical Care and Quality Improvement

June 4-6, 2015

Participants in this intensive, highly-interactive, two-and-a-half-day course, sponsored jointly by Ariadne Labs and the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, will learn about and practice an innovative approach to serious illness discussion and develop competencies in training others in implementing a Serious Illness Care Program (SICP) at their local institution. Derived from evidence-based best practices, the SICP is a multi-component intervention that aims to support clinicians in generating a personalized serious illness care plan for patients in the last year of life.

Brochure coming soon!


Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI)

March 12-14, 2015

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.

Download the 2015 course brochure

ASPNArt & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN)

June TBD 2015


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 in 2014 highlighted communication, legal and ethical concerns, and age specific issues in palliative care.

Download the 2014 course brochure

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