These resources, online or in-person, address the educational and training needs of palliative care specialists and generalists.
- California State University Institute for Palliative Care
Instructor-led and self-paced online courses for the current and future palliative care workforce and for patients and families. The Building a Community-Based Palliative Care Program series of self-paced courses walks users through every step of the CBPC development process. In addition, the institute offers interprofessional courses as well as discipline-specific courses for nurses, social workers, and chaplains, with options for certificate courses for palliative care specialists and overview courses for generalists.
- Palliative Care Leadership Centers
In-person and virtual intensive, operational training and year-long mentoring for palliative care programs at every stage of development and growth. Eight leadership centers are located across the United States.
- Stanford Palliative Care Training Portal
Free online clinical training modules for doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other allied health personnel. Topics include palliative care overview, prognostication, communication, opioid conversion, dyspnea, home hospice, palliative sedation, transition to death, and bereavement.
- Center to Advance Palliative Care
Online courses aim to build the primary and specialist palliative care skills of front-line clinicians. CEU/CME credits are offered for social work, nursing, and medicine. Courses address clinical and operational issues such as pain management, communication skills, palliative care across settings, building a program, and leadership support.
- Fast Facts and Concepts
Searchable library of concise, practical, evidence-based summaries of key clinical palliative care topics. (Center to Advance Palliative Care and Medical College of Wisconsin)
- Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC)
Curriculum for palliative care education, with adaptations for specialty groups, to improve skills in communication, ethical decisionmaking, psychosocial considerations, and symptom management.
- End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
Education initiative and curricula to train nurses and nursing students in essential palliative care skills. (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)
Advanced communication skills courses and faculty training courses to support conversations about serious illness and end-of-life care.
- Palliative Care Education and Practice
Intensive 15-day learning experiences for physician and nurse educators on the clinical practice, program development, and teaching of comprehensive, interdisciplinary palliative care. (Harvard Medical School)
- Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin (PC NOW) (free registration required)
Resources include self-study resources in clinical care for generalists or specialists, educational resources to teach others, and tools and resources.
- Interpreting in Palliative Care Workshop Curriculum
Free curriculum for trainers of medical interpreters to use in preparing experienced interpreters to work in palliative care settings. Includes materials in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. (California Health Care Foundation and Health Care Interpreter Network)
Online platform developed by five UC campuses to support training of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians using case studies and tutorials; section on palliative and end-of-life care features content on pain management, improving communication with patients and family members, and ethical issues. (University of California, Davis)