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PCLC FAQ

  1. What are Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC)?
  2. What will I learn at PCLC training?
  3. How is PCLC training different from CAPC seminars?
  4. How should I choose a PCLC?
  5. Does PCLC offer clinical training?
  6. How large a team can I enroll in PCLC training?
  7. How much does PCLC training cost?
  8. What do you mean by a "finance person"?
  9. How do I enroll?
  10. Do I have to use the online application, or is there a paper application I can fill out?
  11. What kinds of questions are on the PCLC application?
  12. When should I enroll?
  13. Once I fill out the application, how long will I have to wait for my training?
  14. How were the PCLCs chosen?
  15. Can my organization become one of the Palliative Care Leadership Centers™?
  16. Who can I contact for more information?

  1. What are Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC)?

    The Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ provide intensive training and mentoring to help you start and sustain your palliative care program. PCLCs are leaders in applying the most effective palliative care program models. Located in various regions of the United States, they include health systems, academic medical centers, cancer centers, children’s hospitals, and VA and community hospitals. Each offers a customized hands-on experience, as well as a 12-month mentoring follow-up to address the challenges of program growth and sustainability.

    PCLC is an initiative of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).

  2. What will I learn at PCLC training?

    PCLC provides intensive operational training and yearlong mentoring to help you start or expand your palliative care program. There is PCLC training for programs at every stage. You’ll receive intensive training, expert guidance, technical assistance and feedback that addresses the specific needs of your program:

    PCLC Core Our Core Curriculum, for those planning or starting a palliative care program.
    PCLC Custom Customized training for active programs.
    PCLC Consult Consultant-based training for active programs — we come to you!
    PCLC Peds Training specifically designed to address the unique characteristics of pediatric programs.

    To learn more, click here.

  3. How is PCLC training different from CAPC seminars?

    CAPC seminars provide a comprehensive, practical overview of the financial and operational aspects of building, growing and sustaining a palliative care program, as well as rich networking opportunities. The seminars are held annually and feature new content and topics each year. Both individuals and teams can participate in a CAPC Seminar. Attendance at a CAPC Seminar is not a prerequisite for PCLC training, but you will find the seminar useful background for participating in PCLC training.

    Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) offers intensive, hands-on operational training – and yearlong mentoring – for programs at every stage. Training is customized to the specific needs of your program and provided in small groups. It is geared to teams (at least two team members) and offered year-round.

  4. How should I choose a PCLC?

    The choice is yours. Some teams choose to train with the PCLC that is geographically closest to them, while others choose a PCLC most similar to their own institution (community hospital, academic medical center, cancer center, children’s hospital, etc). You will receive intensive customized training based on your program’s specific needs, regardless of which PCLC you chose. There is PCLC training for programs at every stage.

  5. Does PCLC offer clinical training?

    No. PCLC offers training and mentoring in all operational aspects of palliative care program development and sustainability. To access resources for developing clinical expertise, click here.

  6. How large a team can I enroll in PCLC training?

    PCLCs are flexible about the number of people that you enroll in training. A minimum of two team members per institution is required, and while there is no maximum, most groups are five people or less. Please note that your tuition fee will vary depending on the number of team members that you enroll in training (see question 9).

  7. How much does PCLC training cost?

    PCLC Core, PCLC Custom and PCLC Peds:
    There is an enrollment fee of $7,500 per team of two to six people from one institution. Because experience has shown that involvement of a financial officer is key to successful palliative care programs, a reduced fee of $7,250 per team is available to those who include a hospital finance person as a member of their team. Teams larger than six are welcome. There will be an additional fee of $200 for each person after the sixth.

    PCLC Consult:
    Pricing is based upon the specific needs of your team. Contact the PCLC of your choice for more information.

  8. What do you mean by a "finance person"?

    For the purposes of the PCLC training, a "finance person" is an individual who works for the finance department; has a management role such as director of finance or decision support; who is conversant in and can readily access hospital decision support data (including clinical and financial data); who works closely with the system CFO; and who will function as a member of the team implementing or expanding your institution’s palliative care program. Because experience has shown that involvement of a senior financial administrator is key to successful palliative care programs, groups that include a finance person on their team will be charged a reduced tuition fee.

  9. How do I enroll?

    You can enroll online at http://pclc.capc.org/.

  10. Do I have to use the online application, or is there a paper application I can fill out?

    There is no paper application. If you need assistance with the online application, please contact Jennifer Raiten at (212) 201-2683.

  11. What types of questions are on the PCLC application?

    The PCLC application asks for basic information about you and your team, and information about your institution and your palliative care program (if you already have one), as well as your experience with CAPC. The final step of the application is to select the PCLC with which you would like to train. After you submit your application, it will be sent directly to the PCLC that you have requested, and they will get in touch with you about scheduling your training.

  12. When should I enroll?

    Enroll now! PCLC training is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited.

  13. Once I fill out the application, how long will I have to wait for my training?

    Demand for training is high. In some cases, you may have to wait a few months for PCLC training, so we recommend that you apply early. If you do have to wait, you can get a head start on your training by attending a CAPC seminar in the interim.

  14. How were the PCLCs chosen?

    The PCLCs were selected through a highly competitive process. They were chosen because of their clinical excellence, outstanding leadership, reputation and experience.

  15. Can my organization become one of the Palliative Care Leadership Centers™?

    We are not currently seeking additional PCLCs.

  16. Who can I contact for more information?

    You can get more information by contacting Jennifer Raiten, PCLC Project Officer, at (212) 201-2683 or pclc@mssm.edu .