Training Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows in Palliative Care Skills
All future physicians, regardless of specialty, will be involved in the care of patients with serious illness. But, palliative care training in medical education is variable across institutions. Consequently, students and trainees have varying levels of skill and comfort in understanding the needs of patients with serious illness—and how palliative care can help.
CAPC’s clinical training helps medical educators fill gaps in the formal curriculum. CAPC courses equip medical students, residents, and fellows with the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality, equitable care for patients during all stages of serious illness. These skills include how to communicate effectively with patients and caregivers; manage pain and other common symptoms; prescribe opioids safely; and mitigate the risk of opioid use disorder.
CAPC Clinical Training Courses for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows
CAPC’s Learning Pathways feature curated CAPC courses that are essential for all medical students and trainees. The Core Palliative Care Skills Pathways may be appropriate for shorter rotations, whereas the Comprehensive Palliative Care Skills Pathways may be appropriate for longer or more flexible rotations.
Educators at CAPC member organizations can become CAPC Training Leads and use CAPC's Training Assignments to further customize these Learning Pathways to suit their needs.
Learning Pathways Award CAPC Designation
The following Learning Pathways provide a CAPC Designation certificate. Learners can add Designation to their resume, applications, or LinkedIn profile to demonstrate training in palliative care skills.