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PCLC at University of California, San Francisco

The Leaders

  • Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine

  • Michael W. Rabow, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine

  • Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM, Professor of Clinical Medicine

The Location

  • San Francisco, California

UCSF At-a-Glance

  • Adult consult service and inpatient unit ("swing beds")
  • Hospitalist-led program at a major academic medical center
  • Well-suited to university and community-based medical centers of all sizes
  • Experience in teaching palliative care to medical students, residents and hospital staff

Who Should Train at the PCLC at UCSF

UCSF is an excellent option for:

  • Teams of health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, administrators and financial officers
  • University-based medical centers
  • Community-based medical centers
  • Hospitalist programs seeking to establish or strengthen adult consult services and/or inpatient units

We have found that PCLC attendees tend to base their decisions on several factors, including geographic proximity, similar institutional setting and particular PCLC offerings.

What Will You Gain from Training at the PCLC at UCSF?

UCSF can offer attendees:

  • Demonstrated success in teaching and mentoring all types of institutions, whether large or small, academic or non-academic, from all regions of the country
  • Assistance in developing a concrete, customized action plan for instituting a hospital palliative care program, including developing cost of care and other data to support such an initiative
  • Unique insight regarding a hospitalist-led palliative care program
  • Experience teaching palliative care tenets and skills to medical students, residents and hospital staff
  • Guidance about integrating palliative care in the ICU environment and how to market palliative care services throughout other departments
  • Assessment tools, protocol orders, data collection instruments, journal articles and chapters on clinical palliative care edited by the UCSF team
  • Experience developing an inpatient "swing-bed" palliative care unit

More About the University of California, San Francisco

The hospitalist-led UCSF Palliative Care Consultation Service provides interdisciplinary palliative care consultations. The Comfort Care Suites (CCS) are an inpatient palliative care unit integrated in the hospital’s general medical / surgical ward. Service leaders teach palliative care to house staff, attending physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, pharmacists and students, in conjunction with providing consultations. In-service and elective courses for trainees are also offered.

Registration and Travel Information

For tuition information and to register, go to .

For specific questions about UCSF, including the availability of specific training dates, contact Alexandra Rantes at  or (415) 476-4838.

For general questions about the registration process, contact Brynn Bowman, , (212) 201-2679

UCSF is located in San Francisco, California, less than 30 minutes from both Oakland and San Francisco International Airports.