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Didactics

Core curriculum conference schedule

The curriculum is comprehensive and designed to reach all milestones of palliative medicine specialist training. Lectures are provided by the palliative medicine faculty and faculty from the wide range of specialties and disciplines.

Core lectures (July – August)

  • PC consultation
  • Ethics in palliative care
  • Advanced care planning
  • History of palliative care
  • Types & pathophysiology of pain
  • GI symptoms & constipation
  • Pall care orphan symptoms
  • Basics of opioid doping
  • Anorexia & cachexia
  • Hospice medical director administrative responsibilities
  • Morphine & hydromorphone
  • Methadone & buprenorphine
  • Prognosis
  • Oxycodone & fentanyl
  • Hospice benefits & billing
  • Palliative care billing guidelines
  • Interpretation of urine toxicology
  • Delirium
  • Spiritual care assessment
  • Interpretation of an article/research paper
  • Behavior matters
  • Quality improvement in palliative care
  • Fatigue & insomnia
  • Addiction

Didactics/Journal club (September – June)

These weekly activities include case presentation, lectures by guest or department faculty, journal club by fellows and faculty.

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday
Location: Foss 7 conference room
Audio/video conference available  

Educational activities

These occurs throughout the year.

  • Board review courses (400-500 questions)
  • Mock board tests (fall and spring)
  • Quality Improvement curriculum
  • Wellness activities
  • Ethics meeting
  • Tumor board conferences (multidisciplinary)