Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care (PDCSC)

September 8, 2021 to May 31, 2022
This virtual training program is a comprehensive 6-month palliative care training program for interdisciplinary health care providers who care for patients with serious illness. The goals are to improve clinicians’ knowledge and skill in primary palliative care and increase patient access to quality palliative care. This training is suitable for nurses, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, physicians, social workers, chaplains, and psychologists. No prior experience in palliative care is necessary!

 Visit the Coleman Medicine Palliative Medicine Training Program
 website to learn more!

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, and other frontline healthcare professionals. Priority participation will be given to healthcare professionals working at safety net health care organizations.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Use an evidence-based approach for safe pain management for patients with serious illness using opioids, non-opioids, and adjuvant analgesics, and non-pharmacologic measures
  • Discuss evidence-based approaches to the treatment of nausea, vomiting, and constipation;
  • Practice techniques to increase mindfulness and bolster resilience;
  • Assess patients with serious illness psychosocial distress, opioid risk, depression, and suicide risk;
  • Determine the appropriateness of referring patients with serious illness to a mental health specialist;
  • Identify techniques to communicate effectively with patients, families, and surrogate decision makers to deliver bad news, discuss prognosis, goals of care, advance care planning, palliative care, and hospice care;
  • Recognize methods to support families suffering from grief and bereavement;
  • Describe effective team-based approaches to palliative care across the care continuum that support each discipline’s roles and contributions.
Additional information
ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Aliza Baron
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 42.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 42.00 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 38.00 Participation
  • 39.50 Social Work CEU
Event starts: 
09/08/2021 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
05/31/2022 - 4:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
This training program consists of a variety of learning formats, ranging from webinars to live conferences.
Find the most up to date information at The Coleman Palliative Medicine website.
Chicago, IL
United States
Discover more about the Coleman Medicine Palliative Medicine Training Program by visiting their website!
Contact Aliza Baron via e-mail here.

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 email 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.

Sean O'Mahony, MD, BCh, BAO  Sean O’Mahony, MB BCH BAO, MS, FAAHPM
  Co-Director, Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program
  Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  Interim Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and Epidemiology
  Director, Section of Palliative Medicine
  Rush University Medical Center
                         Medical Director, Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Inpatient Services
Stacie Levine, MD  Stacie Levine, MD, FAAHPM
  Co-Director, Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program
  Professor of Medicine
  Chief, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
  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 to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this Other activity (internet live/enduring) for a maximum of 42 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 approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

This live activity is designated for a maximum of 42 continuing nursing education units.

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 Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.

39.5 social work continuing education units are provided for this live activity.

Other Healthcare Professional Credit
Nurses and 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. 
Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
Secure your spot in Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care by submitting the course fee here. If you are interested in this course and have not completed an application and been accepted, please contact the program coordinator, Aliza Baron at, for an application.

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Profession TypeEarly FeeDiscount CodeRegular Fee
Physician, PDCSC Only$1150PDMD21$1250
Physician, PDCSC & Specialty-Level Palliative Care Webinar Series$1500PDMD21$1600
Advanced Practice Provider, PDCSC Only$800PDAP21$900
Advanced Practice Provider, PDCSC & Specialty-Level
Palliative Care
Webinar Series
Chaplain & Social Worker$550PCSW21$600
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your participation in this activity, your registration fee less a $100 administrative fee will be refunded when written notification is received by August 7, 2021. No refunds will be made after August 7, 2021.


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