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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.

Participants choose to attend an in-person, full-day conference at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois held on 9/12 OR virtually on 9/16.  The conference agenda will be the same.  Thereafter, the training schedule consists of:  2 full-day conferences, 3 half-day seminars for social workers and chaplains, hour-long webinars, and hour-long Mentored Learning Community meetings for case-based discussions with mentor and peer-to-peer support.  The monthly time commitment averages 4-7 hours.  CME/CE is available at the end of the course along with a personalized certificate of course completion.  A sample schedule is available further below.

Advanced practice practitioners and physicians who aspire to or currently work in palliative care may add-on the Specialty-Level Palliative Care (SPC) Webinar Series when registering for the PDCSC

Sample Course Schedule

PDCSC Session:  September 12, 2022 – February 28, 2023
Specialty-Level Palliative Care Webinar Series:
March 2023 – May 2023, weekly

CME/CE Credits:

36 – 42


Virtual Training with an In-Person Option:

While registering, participants select one of the following:
A) In-person on 9/12 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois OR
B) Virtually on 9/16
The conference agenda will be the same, and there is no additional fee to attend the in-person conference.

Presentation Snippet:
Registration deadline is 8/31/2022
Physicians(Extension course - Add $360) $1,300.00
Advanced Practice Nurses(Extension course - Add $260) $950.00
Physician Assistants(Extension course - Add $260) $950.00
Nurses $900.00
Psychologists $1,300.00
Social Workers $630.00
Chaplains $630.00
Other Professionals Please inquire.
Scholarships are available for providers working at safety net sites, FQHCs, rural sites without access to palliative care services. and for the military.(The fine print: We regret that we are unable to give refunds.)
Curriculum Focus:
  • Strengthen your clinical management skills
  • Improve your competence
  • Enhance your communication skills
Virtual, interactive learning through:
  • 3 full-day CE/CME conferences:
    • Participants select one: 9/16 (virtual) or 9/12 (in-person at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois).
    • November 18, 2022: Communication Skills Workshop with Simulated Patients
    • February 27, 2023
  • Mentor and peer-to-peer support in Mentored Learning Communities.
  • Interdisciplinary, case-based teaching
  • Professional Seminar Series for social workers and chaplains
  • Webinars at 8 – 9 am CST, live and recorded
  • 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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This webinar series will be held from March 15, 2023 – May 24, 2023.  There will be 11 webinars on varying week days at 8:00 - 9:00 am CST. 11 CME/CE are available. Spaces are limited.