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Courses & Programs


Courses & Programs


Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care

Where Passionate Learners Meet Expert Faculty


Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care (PDCSC) is a 6-month palliative care training program for interprofessional health care professionals who care for patients with serious, advanced illnesses. The comprehensive curriculum addresses interdisciplinary approaches to care that are trauma-informed and evidence-based. It is comprehensive, affordable and accessible for busy health care professionals.

The training is entirely virtual and all sessions are recorded for ease-of-access. The training schedule consists of 3 full-day conferences; 3 half-day professional seminars for social workers and chaplains only; 3 one-hour Mentored Learning Community meetings for physicians, nurses and psychologists; and 2-3 webinars monthly for all.  The training includes a half-day communication skills workshop with simulated patient encounters and an experiential mindfulness session.

APPs and physicians who work in palliative care or aspire to are encouraged to add-on the Specialty-Level Palliative Care (SPC) webinar series.  Application included in the PDCSC application. 

2021-2022 Preliminary Schedule
Apply Now! Space is limited.
Program Dates:

Session:  9/8/2021 – 2/25/2022
Specialty-Level Palliative Care webinars:
10 weeks, March-May, 2022

CME/CE Credits:

34 – 41



All sessions are held virtually. Recordings are available for the course duration.

Presentation Snippet:
Application deadline is 9/6/2021
Physicians(Extension course - Add $350) $1,250.00
Advanced Practice Nurses(Extension course - Add $250) $900.00
Physician Assistants(Extension course - Add $250) $900.00
Nurses $850.00
Psychologists $1,250.00
Social Workers $600.00
Chaplains $600.00
Other Professionals Please inquire.
Limited scholarships are available for providers working at safety net sites, FQHCs, and rural sites without access to palliative care services.
Curriculum Focus:
  • Strengthen your clinical management skills
  • Improve your competence
  • Enhance your communication skills
Virtual, interactive learning through:
  • 3 full-day CE/CME conferences
  • Communication skills workshop with simulated patients and real-time feedback from interprofessional preceptors
  • Interdisciplinary didactics and discussions
  • For social workers and chaplains only:  3 half-day Professional Seminar Series
  • For nurses, physicians, physician assistants and psychologists only:  3 one-hour Mentored Learning Community meetings
  • Webinars at 8 – 9 am CST, presented live and available on Canvas
  • Small group discussions
  • This course is held on the Canvas learning management system at the University of Chicago.

For more information, please contact
Aliza Baron

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