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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

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

What You Will Gain from Training with 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

Who Should Train with 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.

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.

How to Enroll

Learn more about each PCLC location and their training dates

For tuition information and to enroll, go to


For specific questions about your upcoming training, please contact the administrator of the PCLC you will attend. 

For specific questions about UCSF, including the availability of specific training dates, contact Jessica Lokumkiattikul  at or (415) 476.4838. 

For general questions, please contact Jordane Jolley, LMSW, Manager of Community Initiatives at or (212) 824.9579.  

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