Practice-PC: Interprofessional Continuing Education in Palliative Care for Practicing Clinicians

Palliative care is an interprofessional specialty focused on symptom management, quality of life, and relief of distress for patients who are living with serious illness and their families.

The UCSF Interprofessional Palliative Care Continuing Education Course (Practice-PC) was created in 2015 to address a workforce shortage that is a key limiting factor in the dissemination of palliative care.

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Program features:

  • In-person interactive learning
  • Small interprofessional cohort
  • Expert interprofessional faculty, including nursing, physician, social work, and chaplain leads
  • Training in core domains of clinical palliative care
  • VitalTalk-style in-depth communications training
  • Focus on professional resilience
  • Mentorship from program faculty and peers

Curriculum includes:

  • Interprofessional assessment
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Psychosocial and spiritual well-being
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Ethics and advance care planning
  • Palliative care within the health system
  • Anticipatory guidance
  • Last hours and bereavement

Who Is This Program For?

This program was developed to meet the needs of working professionals from a range of disciplines and work settings across the greater Bay Area. We encourage all professionals to apply, including but not limited to nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, chaplains, community-based clergy, social workers, pharmacists, nursing aides, case managers, psychologists, therapists, family support coordinators, and interpreters.

Prior participants include professionals who:

  • Regularly work with seriously ill patients and want to improve their palliative skills
  • Want to develop or lead programs in palliative care
  • Champion palliative care in their institutions
  • Desire an in-depth introduction to the field
  • Plan to transition into the field of palliative care

Format and Schedule

This program is designed as a longitudinal, small group experience over the course of 9 sessions. This format maximizes interaction between students and faculty and among students, and promotes students’ ability to integrate learnings into their clinical practice.

Sessions occur all day (9 AM - 5 PM) at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California. 


Program Tuition for 2020 cohort: $4,500

All interested clinicians are encouraged to apply; scholarships are available, please inquire.

Tuition includes a maximum of 50 AMA Category 1 CME Credits. Please contact us with questions.

Application Process and Requirements

We can accommodate up to 36 participants for the 2020 cohort. All health professionals who wish to gain additional training in palliative care are invited to apply. (Prior training in palliative care is not required).

Applicants must have completed the initial degree and/or required certification for their profession(s). The cohort selection is based on commitment to the field and planned impact, and to yield a cohort with participants from a range of professions, work locations, and backgrounds.

Timeline for 2020 Cohort

  • May 6, 2019: Application window opens
  • June 30, 2019: Preferred enrollment application deadline
  • July 15, 2019: Preferred enrollment notification of acceptance
  • August 19, 2019: Open enrollment application deadline
  • September 23, 2019: Open enrollment notification of acceptance
The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CME Credit will be available.

Questions? Send us an e-mail!