Core Palliative Care Skills for Medical Residents and Fellows
This Learning Pathway contains training in core clinical skills to help medical residents and fellows improve quality of life for patients living with serious illness. Topics include an introduction to the principles and practices of palliative care, communication techniques for effective conversations with patients and caregivers, pain management, and safe opioid prescribing. This Pathway contains approximately 5.5 hours of learning activities.
Understanding Palliative Care
An introduction to palliative care, how it is delivered, its impact on quality of life, and the growing population of patients who need it.
Communicating Effectively During Serious Illness
Communicating serious clinical news to patients and families.
Strategies for eliciting patient goals and preferences to inform treatment decisions.
In this video, Kacey Boyle, RN, MSPC, leads us through an example of a goals of care conversation between a clinician and a patient.
Why clinicians must unlearn well-intentioned but ultimately harmful conventions about race and ethnicity—and strategies to move forward.
Managing Pain Safely and Effectively
Conducting a comprehensive pain assessment to guide safe and effective treatment.
Clinical training on the biological basis of chronic pain, building patient trust, and non-pharmacological and non-opioid treatments for managing chronic pain in patients with serious illness.
Clinical training on prescribing an opioid trial for the management of a seriously ill patient's chronic pain.
Clinical training course on universal precautions to identify and assess opioid misuse, and prevent opioid use disorder (OUD) in patients with serious illness.
Preventing Avoidable Crises
This course provides context and best practices for identifying older adults at risk for poor outcomes, including falls, delirium, and caregiving challenges.
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