Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP)


PCEP 2019 Application Period is Now CLOSED

Important Dates for PCEP 2019

July 23, 2018: *Extended* Application Deadline 
September 4, 2018: Application Decisions emailed
October 1, 2018: Tuition due in full


Tuition Fee: $8,495 (USD)

The tuition fee includes the course materials, breakfasts, breaks, lunches, and receptions for both Part 1 (December 2-7, 2018) and Part 2 (April 28-May 3, 2019).

The tuition does not include the cost of housing or travel expenses.

Tuition is paid in full before the course begins and covers the entire course. Once you have been accepted into the program you will receive payment instructions.

You must attend both sessions to complete the course.

Tuition is due in full by October 1, 2018.

Scholarship opportunities

We are able to offer a small number of competitive, partial scholarships for international applicants from LMIC countries and for pediatric applicants. PCEP scholarship recipients will be selected for their leadership abilities, their service to underserved populations, and their project’s potential impact.

Scholarship acknowledgments

We are grateful to the Open Society Foundations' Project on Death in America and Jane Weingarten and the late Dr. Charles Weingarten for their long-term commitment to scholarship funding, with special appreciation to the J. Andrew Billings, MD Memorial Fund. Additional scholarship assistance, and support for our "patients-as-teachers" program, is provided by Partners HealthCare, Inc., the Jacqueline S. Alaimo Palliative Care Fund, and JoJo's Education Fund.

Application information

PCEP application deadline was July 23, 2018Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted for a single session.

Please note that mastery of spoken and written English is essential for successful participation in PCEP. Candidates from countries for whom English is not the primary language may be interviewed to determine fluency.

All applicants will be informed of their status on September 4, 2018.

To apply to PCEP, please submit:

  • A letter from your Dean, Department Chair, or similar institutional leader indicating a commitment to you and to your career goals; institutional support for your project; and support for your availability to participate fully in the course
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A completed application form: 

    Fill out online application form

Submission instructions

Via the web: Complete the online application form and upload your supporting materials.

Via email: Complete the online application form and email your supporting materials to

Via regular mail: Complete the online application form and mail your supporting materials to the address below. 

HMS Center for Palliative Care (PCEP)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
450 Brookline Avenue, DA2016A
Boston, MA 02215

Questions? Call 617-632-6432.

Registration information

Once you have been accepted into the course, you will receive instructions on how to register. Please note that in addition to tuition, the following fees will apply:

$5: Processing (non-refundable service fee)
$30: Wire transfer (non-refundable banking fee). This fee only applies if you pay your tuition via wire transfer.

All fees are shown in USD.

Registration by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express) or check can be made through Harvard Medical School's secure online registration system.

Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Harvard Medical School. Learners who choose to pay by check will be prompted to download an online form to send in with a payment.

Telephone or fax registration is not accepted.

Registration with cash payment is not permitted.

Upon receipt of your paid registration, you will receive an email confirmation.

Your email address is used for critical information about the course including: registration confirmation, evaluation distribution, and certificate delivery. Please be sure to include an email address you check daily or frequently.

Refund policy

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $575, will be issued for all cancellations received prior to October 1, 2018. Refund requests must be received by postal mail or email. No refunds will be issued should cancellation occur after October 1, 2018. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee. No refunds will be issued once the program has started.

Course location and travel

A limited number of rooms have been reserved until November 11, 2018 for Part 1 and until April 7, 2019 for Part 2 at:

Hotel Marlowe
25 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02141

To make reservations for Part 1, please follow this link: Or you can call the hotel at 1-800-825-7140 and mention code RHS.

To make reservations for Part 2, please follow this link: Or you can call the hotel at 1-800-825-7140 and mention code RHY.

You must reserve your room through the above links or via phone with the above codes in order to receive a reduced room rate of $199 single/double for Part 1 and $289 single/double for Part 2. This rate is for a set number of rooms and may sell out. Please note that the discounted rate expires on November 11, 2018 for Part 1 and on April 7, 2019 for Part 2 or when the room block has been filled. After that time, availability will be limited and higher rates may apply.

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 acceptance into the program.

Please note

Due to the intense nature of the course, we request that you keep most evenings free for program preparation and activities.