An Overview of the Training


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The Coleman Fellows Palliative Medicine Training Program originated in 2012 as a 2-year training program for advanced practice nurses and physicians at hospitals and health care organizations in Chicago and the outlying areas. In 2014, the training program was reshaped with an interdisciplinary care perspective. Social worker and chaplain faculty and mentors came on board and expanded the curriculum. An interdisciplinary cohort of trainees were accepted into the training in early 2015.

The training program remains flexibly designed to fit within a full-time work schedule. Faculty are experienced palliative care providers from leading academic and community medical centers and hospices across Chicago and the outlying areas.

Fellows’ Goals

  • Teach and model the fundamentals of palliative care to health care professionals at respective home hospitals and health care settings
  • Disseminate new methods and means of improving palliative care to patients and families

Training in Year 1

  • March 2015 Palliative Care Intensive, a live 2-day conference palliative with lectures and discussion by faculty mentors on key topics in palliative care.
  • September 2015 Fall Conference, a live 2-day conference
  • Direct observation of a mentor’s palliative or supportive care practice
  • One-on-one mentoring by a local expert in palliative care for guidance developing a palliative care practice improvement project tailored to the needs of patients and families at Fellows’ respective sites
  • E-learning – 20 hours of self-directed learning, tracked and reported monthly by Fellows.
  • Teaching Case-of-the-Month – an option as part of the e-learning curriculum

Training in Year 2

  • Winter 2016 Coleman Palliative Medicine Conference
  • Monthly project consultation with mentors
  • Project implementation and evaluation
  • Shadowing a mentor’s clinical practice
  • Fall 2016 Coleman Palliative Medicine Conference
  • Poster Presentations and Awards Ceremony, Winter 2017

Learning Objectives

Physicians and Nurse Learning Objectives

Social Worker and Chaplain Learning Objectives