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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 is a 6-month palliative care training program for interprofessional health care professionals who care for patients with serious, advanced illnesses.  Training is evidence-based and incorporates interdisciplinary approaches to care. It is comprehensive, affordable and accessible for busy health care professionals.

The training 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 medical, nursing and psychologist trainees; and 2-3 webinars monthly.  A resilience workshop session and a half-day communication skills workshop with simulated patient encounters is held at the full-day conference in November.

APPs and physicians who work in palliative care or aspire to are encouraged to add-on an extension course in specialty-level palliative care. It offers 10 virtual webinars.

2020-2021 Schedule
2021-2022 Course Registration opens in summer
Program Dates:

Next session:  9/7/2021 – 2/25/2022
Specialty extension: 10 weeks beginning 3/2022

CME/CE Credits:

31 – 37



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

Presentation Snippet:
Physicians(Extension course - Add $350) $1,100.00
Advanced Practice Nurses(Extension course - Add $250) $800.00
Physician Assistants(Extension course - Add $250) $800.00
Nurses $800.00
Psychologists $1,100.00
Social Workers $600.00
Chaplains $600.00
Other Professionals Please inquire.
Limited scholarships are available for providers working with underrepresented, minority and populations.
Curriculum Focus:
  • Strengthening your clinical management skills
  • Improving your competence
  • Enhancing your communication skills
Learning takes place 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 on select Tuesdays every month, 8 – 9 am CST, presented live and available on demand
  • 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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