Palliative Care Skills in the Setting of COVID-19

Join us for an engaging series of free on-demand webinars
designed to strengthen your palliative care skills!

The current COVID-19 pandemic presents health care providers and leadership with heretofore unplanned demands to care for a tsunami of critically ill patients. They must contain contagion with limited supplies of vital medical equipment and facilities such as ventilators, ICU rooms, and even basic levels of personal protective equipment. Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, psychologists and chaplains care for critically ill patients across the continuum and assume roles they are not trained for, often with unclear responsibilities. They do not know how many patients they will have to serve or how to deliver care remotely using new technologies while adapting rapidly to new protocols, policies, and lines of command. Providers will struggle with managing distressing symptoms in dying patients such as pain, air hunger, and delirium in the absence of best practice guidelines or decisional supports in their medical records or institutional protocols for management of these symptoms. They communicate with patients and families hastily forced to make end-of-life decisions influenced by resource allocation. These may be decisions not aligned with the values or choices of patients and their families, placing them in direct conflict with their own values and experience. Additionally, telehealth patient visits and teleconferences have replaced face-to-face communication with patients and colleagues to limit the spread of this highly contagious disease. All the while, healthcare leaders will be face challenges maintaining morale and well-being while providers fear for their own health and infecting their families.
The Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program is offering this series of on-demand webinars to improve the competence and performance of healthcare professionals as these work to provide the highest level of care during these unprecedented times.
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Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, trainees, students, and other healthcare professionals called to the front lines to care for high volumes of seriously ill and COVID-19 patients and families.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Evaluate the ethical concepts for allocation of scarce resources in a pandemic setting;
  • Develop strategies to support team morale and resilience;
  • Discuss strategies for communicating effectively across health care settings for safe and appropriate transitions of care;
  • Identify symptoms of provider burnout;
  • Illustrate how to practice techniques to bolster resilience;
  • Tell how to assess and manage total pain using pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies;
  • Describe how to manage non-pain symptoms in the setting of COVID-19;
  • Discuss late-stage goals of care and advance care planning in a COVID-19 setting;
  • Recognize habitual reactions and responses aroused by conflict or perceived threat under stressful circumstances.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Aliza Baron
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
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Online Presentation
United States
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ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact Aliza Baron via e-mail at

The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.

  Stacie Levine, MD, FAAHPM
  Professor, Chief, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
  University of Chicago

  Sean O'Mahony, MB BCh BAO, MS, FAAHPM
  Associate Professor, Director of Palliative Medicine
  Rush University Medical Center

  Laura Fosler, RN, MS, FNP-BC, ACHPN
  Section of Palliative CareCore Faculty
  Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program
  Rush University Medical Center

  Amanda (AJ) Fairgreive, LCSW
  Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  Section of Palliative Care
  Rush University Medical Center

  Aliza Baron, AM
  Education Coordinator
  University of Chicago

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nursing Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Participants who successfully complete the entire activity and complete an evaluation form will earn 7.25 contact hours.
Social Worker Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is a Registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and will offer continuing education units for the Palliative Care Skills in the Setting of COVID-19 for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.
7.25 social work continuing education units are provided for this enduring activity.
Other Healthcare Professions Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
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