Overview of the Coleman Chicago Palliative Medicine Training

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Training an Interdisciplinary Workforce of Palliative Care Providers Across the Chicago Area


“The Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program was the jumping off point for developing a new clinical program, a new educational curriculum and real culture change at our institution.”

“The networking and relationships with peers in other institutions was good for patient care and outcomes, as we shared patients often and therefore cross-consulted each other.”

“There is no more powerful tool for learning than watching experts demonstrating their skills in real life situations. I took away many new skills that I use on a daily basis.”


To train a resilient network of interdisciplinary palliative care professionals and champions to provide primary and specialty level palliative care


Recognizing the value of palliative care services and the shortage of trained palliative care providers, the Coleman Foundation awarded a grant to the Chicagoland Palliative Medicine Physicians’ Collective to train providers at health care organizations across the Chicago area in palliative care. In 2013, the 2-year Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program was introduced.  56 nurses, physicians, social workers and chaplains, representing 29 health care institutions across the Chicago area have taken part.

Learn more about the benefits of palliative care.

Program Aims

  • To improve the quality of palliative care services for patients and families with cancer and other life threatening illnesses
  • To increase patients’ and families’ access to palliative care services at health care organizations in Chicago and the outlying areas
  • To support health care leadership in building and integrating palliative care services across existing systems
  • To build a supportive network of interdisciplinary palliative care providers across the Chicago area

For hospital leadership, administrators, and interdisciplinary health care providers

  • Chicago Regional Leadership Summit in Supportive Care – May 2018
  • Interdisciplinary palliative care provider training offering annual CE conferences, mentoring, direct observation of practice, and self-directed web-based learning
  • Quality improvements in palliative care affirming institutional commitments to improve quality and access to care
  • Mentoring and teaching by over 30 interdisciplinary faculty representing academic medical centers, community hospitals, hospices and safety net hospitals
  • Palliative care registry for regional analysis of service utilization and growth