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Palliative Care Leadership Centers Overview

Hands-On Operational Support, Training and Yearlong Mentoring

Don′t reinvent the wheel! Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) provide customized, operational training and yearlong mentoring for palliative care programs at every stage of development and growth.

Established by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2004, PCLC has trained well over half of the nation′s hospital palliative care programs. The initiative is now expanding into community-based settings, and four new Leadership Centers will provide customized training that addresses the demand for palliative care in the home and office/clinic.

As of January 2017, you will have to be a CAPC member to attend a PCLC. 

The Importance of Palliative Care Leadership Centers

Michael Rabow, MD, of the Palliative Care Leadership Center (PCLC) at UCSF defines the importance PCLCs play in helping programs grow successfully.

Return on Investment

If you are already an active or mature program, PCLC will help ensure your sustainability and growth. If you’re just starting or re-starting a program, PCLC will result in less ramp-up time and a more efficient, cost-effective program. 
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Leadership Centers Located Across the United States

The PCLCs represent diverse settings including health systems, community-based hospitals, hospices, academic medical centers, cancer centers, children′s hospitals, VA and safety-net hospitals. Each offers a close, hands-on experience, as well as a 12-month mentoring follow-up to guide you through the challenges of program growth and sustainability. Who are they?
Choose the PCLC that′s right for you.

Led by Physician, Nurse and Administrator Faculty

PCLC faculty are leaders in the field and experts in applying the most effective palliative care program models. You’ll benefit from their deep experience, knowledge and mentoring in all matters of program development.

Team-Oriented: Who Should Attend

PCLC is oriented to teams rather than individuals. Teams of professionals involved in the palliative care program, including physicians, nurses, social workers, administrators and financial managers are all encouraged to attend. CAPC seminar attendees should also attend.

How to Enroll

For tuition information and to enroll, go to

For specific questions, please contact the administrator of the PCLC you will attend.

For general questions, please fill out a Support Form  or call (212) 201-2679.

Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) is a national initiative of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).