Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care (PDCSC) 2023-2024

September 29, 2023 to June 11, 2024
Unlock the potential to elevate your palliative care skills and provide the best care for your patients!
Join us for this comprehensive virtual training program that enhances clinicians' capacity to deliver palliative care to patients with serious illnesses across the lifespan. Embrace the opportunity to learn from interdisciplinary experts in the field and strengthen communication and clinical management skills. Sign up now and embark on a journey toward providing compassionate and exceptional care!

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

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other healthcare professionals dedicated to delivering high-quality palliative care. Healthcare providers working with underserved populations and in under-resourced areas are encouraged to attend and will be offered scholarships.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize methods to support families suffering from grief and bereavement;
  • Identify the impact of cultural, social, and psychological health determinants on healthcare decision-making;
  • Define the challenges and barriers to accessing palliative care;
  • Describe productive team-based approaches to palliative care across the care continuum that support each discipline’s roles and contributions;
  • Discuss evidence-based approaches to managing gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms in serious illness;
  • Develop an evidence-based approach to effectively manage pain in patients with serious illness, employing a comprehensive range of strategies, including opioids, non-opioids, adjuvant analgesics, non-pharmacologic interventions, and alternative pharmacologic measures while prioritizing patient safety;
  • Determine the appropriateness of referring patients with serious illnesses to a mental health specialist;
  • Assess patient values and preferences for palliative care with a health equity lens;
  • Assess patients with serious illness for psychosocial distress, opioid risk, depression, and suicide risk;
  • Employ communication skills to effectively and empathetically deliver difficult news and facilitate discussions about prognosis, goals of care, advance care planning, palliative care, and hospice care while demonstrating cultural competence.
Additional information
ACGME/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: 
  • 59.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 59.50 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 59.50 Participation
  • 57.00 Social Work CEU
Event starts: 
09/29/2023 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
06/11/2024 - 9:00am
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.
Multiple Locations and Virtual Webinars
Chicago, IL
United States
Discover more about the Coleman Medicine Palliative Medicine Training Program at 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
  Director, Section of Palliative Medicine
  Medical Director, Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Inpatient Services
  Rush University Medical Center
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 (ACCME) 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 61.5 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 61.5 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 Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.

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

Other Participant Credit
Other participants 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 activity ends. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.

Specialty-Level Palliative Care Webinar Series

Registration for PDCSC has closed, however, physicians and advanced practice providers may register for the SLPC Webinar Series. To learn more or to register, click below!


Secure your spot in Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care by submitting the course fee here. If you have not already submitted a registration form to tell us more about your work setting, experience and practice, please do so here, or contact the program coordinator, Aliza Baron at

To submit the course fee, please log in or create an account. Once logged in, select the profession type that best suits you and click "Register Now!".

Profession TypeRegular Fee
Physician, PDCSC Only$1400
Physician, PDCSC & Specialty-Level Palliative Care Webinar Series$1790
Advanced Practice Provider, PDCSC Only$990
Advanced Practice Provider, PDCSC & Specialty-Level
Palliative Care
Webinar Series
Nurse, PDCSC Only$900
Nurse, PDCSC & Specialty-Level
Palliative Care
Webinar Series
Chaplain & Social Worker$630
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 29, 2023. No refunds will be made after August 29, 2023.


At the end of the course, the credit-claiming process will unlock. Return to this page and simply click on "Complete Activity" to proceed.
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.

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