Palliative Care

We plan to provide courses on the following sections covered under the curriculum for Palliative Care. Links to individual courses available on specific topics provided below.


  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment (Already covered) See course by Jeanette S. Ross, MD, AGSF, FAAHPM here
  • Delerium care in advanced illness and end of life care (Already covered) See course by Dr. Jason A.Webb, MD, FAPA here
  • Dementia: Managing behavioral and psychological Symptoms
  • Hip fractures in the elderly: Prognosis and goals of care
  • Managing sleep disorders and fatigue  
  • Skin conditions: Pressure ulcers, wounds (malignant/infectious), pruritus/excoriations, managing odor/drainage)
  • Withdrawing non-beneficial treatment while maintaining care

GI issues in palliative care

  • Feeding and swallowing issues
  • Nutrition and hydration in serious illness
  • Anorexia, cachexia, and weightloss
  • Nausea, SBO, constipation
  • Incontinence, fecal and urinary

Emergencies in palliative care

  • Intractable pain
  • Acute dyspnea
  • Major bleeding
  • Acute function loss
  • Acute anxiety
  • Delirium
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Aggressive behavior

Pain management

  • Managing musculoskeletal pain in the elderly
  • Opiate pain medication (indications, risks, morphine equivalency, methadone, PCA)
  • Options for localized pain control (nerve blocks)
  • Pain management in serious illness
  • Cancer pain

Psychosocial issues

  • Refractory and end of life depression and anxiety
  • Grief, bereavement, and psychosocial issues

Respiratory issues in palliative care

  • Dyspnea and nausea
  • Palliative extubation
  • Managing other (not dyspnea) respiratory symptoms: coughing, singultus, oral secretions, aspiration

End of life care

  • Improving end of life care in ED
  • Heart failure palliative care (CHF, Aortic Stenosis, Ischemic Heart disease)
  • End of life care in Cirrhosis
  • End of life care in AIDS
  • Renal palliative care
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