Who We Are
Where dedication to quality care inspires professional growth
We are an interdisciplinary team of hospice and palliative care leaders from diverse health care organizations with decades of collective experience and expertise. Like our trainees, we are frontline clinicians and know the challenges of delivering quality care in today’s evolving health care environment. We believe in evidence-based approaches to care, collaboration and inclusivity, and lifelong learning. We work together to offer affordable, accessible inter-professional training programs that enhance clinical competence and medical management for seriously ill patients. We thrive on sharing our knowledge and experience with trainees, and building community around a shared commitment to providing excellent care for patients with serious illnesses.
We are clinical experts with strong track records in clinical education and practice at diverse clinical settings across the continuum of care.
To improve the quality of medical care for patients with cancer and complex, serious illnesses
To increase patients’ and families’ access to evidence based symptom management
To support health care leadership in enhancing the quality of communication with patients and medical teams across the care continuum
To build a supportive network of interdisciplinary clinical providers
Responsive to the needs of an evolving health care environment
The Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program was established in 2012 thanks to a generous grant from the Coleman Foundation. A small, committed team of Chicago area palliative care leaders with a vision to improve palliative care services and expand access for patients, developed a 2-year training program for Chicago area physicians and nurses. Over the years, in response to the national shortage of trained palliative care providers and with renewed funding from the Coleman Foundation, our programs expanded. Today we to offer an array of courses and programs for physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, pharmacists, and occupational and physical therapists. We welcome all learners from near and far.
There is no more powerful tool for learning than watching experts demonstrating their skills in real life situations. I took away many new skills that I use on a daily basis.
The networking and relationships with peers in other institutions was good for patient care and outcomes, as we shared patients often and therefore cross-consulted each other.
The Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program was the jumping off point for developing a new clinical program, a new educational curriculum and real culture change at our institution.