Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program
Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care
September 2020-April 2021


The goals of the curriculum are to improve the capacity of clinicians to provide primary palliative care to patients and families and strengthen provider resilience in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Assess how to manage total pain in palliative care patients using treatment options including opioids, non-opioids, and adjuvant analgesics, as well as non-pharmacologic measures;
  • Assess how to treat non-pain symptoms in palliative care such as delirium, agitation, dyspnea, gastrointestinal disorders, anxiety, and depression;
  • Discuss symptoms of palliative care provider burnout and techniques to bolster resilience;
  • Assess how to manage patients’ spiritual care needs in palliative care during COVID-19;
  • Assess how to manage patients’ psychosocial care needs in the setting of COVID-19;
  • 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 and hospice care across the care continuum that can improve treatment for patients;
  • Describe interdisciplinary palliative care strategies shown to be effective to use with patients and families with mental health issues.

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 live activity for a maximum of 39 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit
The University of Chicago Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).

This activity is designated for a maximum of 39 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 Cultural Competence Course for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.

37 social work continuing education units are provided for this 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.


This CME certified activity has not requested or received any support or funding from commercial interests.  This includes, but is not limited to, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest 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.

Aliza Baron, AM has stock in Eli Lilly.

No one else in a position to control the educational content of this activity has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Monica Malec, MD will discuss medical cannabis, which does not have FDA approval.

The views expressed in this activity are those of the individual speaker. It should not be inferred or assumed that they are expressing the views of any pharmaceutical or product/device manufacturer, provider of commercial services, or The University of Chicago. The drug selection and dosage information presented in this activity are believed to be accurate. However, participants are urged to consult the full prescribing information on any agent(s) presented in this activity for recommended dosage, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse effects before prescribing any medication. This is particularly important when a drug is new or infrequently prescribed.

Copyright © 2020 University of Chicago. All rights reserved including translation into other languages.  No part of this activity may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from The University of Chicago Center for Continuing Medical Education.

Please Note: Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.