Courses

The Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (HMS CPC) offers courses to help address the worldwide need for palliative care specialists.

Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP)

A course for palliative care clinical and education leaders

HMS CPC’s flagship course, Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP), is a comprehensive course delivered in two parts on an adult or pediatric track. PCEP provides physicians, nurses, and social workers a structure in which to efficiently acquire the competencies necessary to influence our current changing health care environment. Part 1 consists of six days of intensive learning, followed by a six-month interim during which participants work on an individual project and contribute to online discussions of problematic, clinical, educational, or program development cases. Part 2 consists of six days of continued experiential learning, training, and consolidation.

Practical Aspects of Palliative Care (PAPC): Integrating Palliative Care into Clinical Practice

A foundational program in palliative care for new and experienced clinicians

This 3-day course is designed to offer physicians, nurses, social workers, 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.

Palliative Care for Hospitalists and Intensivists (PCFHI)

A course for hospital-based clinicians

This intensive 2 ½-day course 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 palliative care to inpatients with life-threatening illnesses.

Art & Science of Palliative Nursing (ASPN)

A course for nurses in palliative care basics

This 2-day course is designed to provide generalist and advanced practice nurses with palliative care knowledge and skills applicable across the health continuum. Through an adult learning model, ASPN focuses on essential principles and concepts that guide caring for patients and families living with serious and/or life-threatening illness.