Education & Professional Development

Grants to fund Palliative Care Research in Advanced Rare Disease

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a funding opportunity “Palliative Care Needs of Individuals with Rare Advanced Diseases and Their Family Caregivers (R21),” which seeks to expand knowledge and increase the evidence base for palliative care in advanced rare diseases, including rare cancers, and to improve physical and psychosocial well-being and quality of life among seriously ill individuals and their family caregivers. NIH will begin accepting submissions on January 16, 2017.

2nd Annual Quality Matters Conference

The Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance (GPCQA) is hosting this  national virtual conference dedicated to the advancement of quality within palliative care. Registration is free and complimentary CME/CNE credit will be offered to those who qualify. All palliative care professionals are invited to join.

When: Thu, October 20, 2016
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Where: Virtual Online Conference

More Information and Registration

9th Annual Palliative Care Summit

SAVE THE DATE: ‘We Can Do It ~ Taking Palliative Care Mainstream!’

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition invite the palliative care community to 9th Annual Palliative Care Summit. Now in its 9th year, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition Annual Summit is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, patients and consumers who are interested in palliative care best practices, quality and policy.

When: March 13-14, 2017
Where: Hyatt Regency, Sacramento, CA
Cost: Members: $375 ~~ Non-Members: $575

Call for Posters open now: deadline to submit poster proposals is: Friday, December 9, 2016.

Discover best practices for creating meaningful and engaging patient experiences to improve care for all who are seriously ill or nearing the end of life. Meet thought leaders and palliative care innovators from around the country. Adults & Pediatrics: The Summit is appropriate for providers caring for seriously ill people of all ages: pediatrics, adolescents and young adults, adults and geriatrics.

Palliative Care Conference

Theme: Exploring Frontiers – Revisiting Challenges
When: February 17-18, 2017
Where: Columbia University Medical Center
Cost varies by discipline:
Physicians 1 day – $ 175.00 / 2 days – $ 350.00
NYP/CUMC/Cornell Physicians 1 day – $ 125.00 / 2 days – $ 200.00
Nurses and PAs 1 day – $ 125.00 / 2 days – $ 250.00
Fellows 1 day – $ 60.00 / 2 days – $ 100.00
Live Web Conference – $ 350.00 (Attend course virtually and receive ACCME credit. Individual passwords sent prior to event)

*18.75 ACCME & CE Credits Available for both days

The conference objective is to address common and uncommon challenges that medical practitioners face in palliative care in an ACCME accredited course.                                

If you have any problems registering please contact: (212) 342-2107

FREE Open Online Course  Focusing on Palliative Care

Registration Now Open! Beginning October 17, 2016 for three weeks, this free online course is co-ordinated by the International Observatory on End of Life Care, a world-leader in the field of palliative care based at Lancaster University.The Course will be of interest to anyone with a personal or professional interest in palliative care. Based upon current European research which examines integrated palliative care services in Europe, international guest speakers will provide real-life examples of effective practice.By taking part, you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss the best ways to care for and support people who are approaching the end of life.

Free Online Course

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NHPCO Presents ~ The Intensives including a Pediatric Palliative Care Intensive

The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is offering an Intensive in Pediatric Palliative Care at their fall conference, ‘The Intensives – Mastering What’s Next in Patient and Family Care.’

The Pediatric Palliative Care Intensive is a 1.5 day (Oct. 31- Nov.1) educational opportunity that will provide advanced level educational content on next practices in clinical care (vs. current best practices). You will follow this Intensive from beginning to end in a cohort learning style where the content of each session allows for an in-depth professional journey.

NHPCO the Intensives

Advance registration ends September 30th! Register Now
Click here to see the full agenda for the Pediatric Palliative Care Intensive

When:  October 31 – November 2, 2016 (full conference)
Where: Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood Florida

Hospice & Palliative Care Wellness Retreat

When: Friday October 14 – Sunday, October 16
Where: Rangeley Inn 2443 Main Street Rangeley, ME
Cost: $185 plus accomodations (discounted rooms are available)

The Maine Hospice Council & Center for End-of-Life Care is pleased to be once again hosting our Hospice & Palliative Care Wellness Retreat. This weekend retreat will be held October 14-16 at the beautiful Rangeley Inn and will include ample time for educational workshops, networking, and relaxation.

The retreat is open to all who work or volunteer in hospice or palliative care.

Interprofessional Master of Science in Palliative Care Program

The Graduate School at the University of Colorado is currently recruiting the inaugural class for the Fall of 2016. This is an inter-professional executive Masters Program that would be provided predominantly online (with three separate one-week on-campus intensives). This program was designed for the clinicians (physicians and advance practice providers) who are already working and need or desire more training in Palliative Care.

The first 4 courses (12 credit hours) which include core concepts and principles, communications, management of pain and non-pain symptom in and Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional format will constitute a Certificate in Palliative Care. Students are encouraged to complete advanced topics and earn a Master of Science in Palliative Care.

 The American Society for Patient-Centered Physicians

Author, Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH asks, ‘Who’s in?’ In this article, Dr. Zitter confesses ‘I am concerned that by making palliative care the only game in town for patient centeredness we are not integrating its key principles into the rest of medicine.’ She proposes a new society,  the American Society for Patient- Centered Physicians (ASPCP). Its purpose she states, ‘would be to bring together physicians of all specialties whose treatment philosophy prioritizes patient-specific rather than specialty- specific approaches.’ Who’s in?

A Conversation With a Cancer Patient About Palliative Care

Palliative care expert Timothy Quill held an intimate conversation with a Stanford neurosurgeon suffering from advanced lung cancer as an example of how physicians should talk to patients with serious illnesses about quality-of-life care.

Overcoming Physician Bias in Recommending Palliative Care

This is a wonderful article relating a conversation with Dr. Jennifer Temel, who is Clinical Director of Thoracic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Temel states that her studies have found that “most health care professionals believe palliative care is synonymous with end of life.” She discovered that despite improvements in the perception of palliative care as a support to active treatment to relieve physical and emotional symptoms and improve quality of life rather than as a last resort if the cancer is no longer controllable, a recent study looking at oncologist barriers to palliative care referrals found that obstacles remain to fully integrating such programs into mainstream cancer care, including “persistent conceptions of palliative care as an alternative philosophy of care incompatible with cancer therapy.”