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Frequently asked questions

Why is this program needed?

Clinicians are caring for increasing numbers of complex, aging patients with advanced chronic illness. These patients often have debilitating symptoms, decreasing function and worsening quality of life. It is critical to have the ability to manage symptoms and align medical treatments with the goals of the patient and family. Until recently, training programs have not equipped new clinicians with the communication skills needed to navigate these sometimes difficult discussions nor to effectively manage pain and other symptoms that affect quality of life.

The Palliative Care Academy provides an opportunity for practicing clinicians to gain useful communication and symptom management tools that will be meaningful both personally and professionally as well as enhance practice.

How was the curriculum developed?

Curriculum development proceeded from a triad perspective. The National Consensus Project Quality Palliative Care Guidelines and the National Quality Forum preferred practices for quality palliative care were incorporated with an informal needs assessment of potential participants. A national expert in development of palliative care curriculum in medical school and residency programs provided oversight and guidance in curriculum development and methods of instruction.

What is the time commitment for participants?

Training is held over two consecutive days beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending by 4 p.m. for a total of 16 hours of class time.

How is the program funded?

Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care applied for and received a generous grant from the Cambia Foundation intended to build generalist palliative Care skills among clinicians from within and outside of CHI Franciscan Health. The Academy is now supported by CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care.

What are the teaching methods?

We do not use PowerPoint. All sessions are highly interactive and include case studies, discussion, feedback and experiential learning.

Who are the Class Facilitators?

The faculty is composed of clinicians who are nationally certified in Hospice and Palliative care. Meet the faculty.

Does the program offer CME credit?

CHI Franciscan Health is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association CME Accreditation Committee to sponsor continuing medical education activities for physicians.

CHI Franciscan Health designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16 hours in Category I credit to satisfy the re-licensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

CHI Franciscan Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Is the Academy right for me?

The Academy will train physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants seeking to improve their communication and symptom management skills.

What is the cost and how do I register?

There is no charge for CHI Franciscan staff. Register online.

Note: The Palliative Care Academy is aimed at training physicians and mid-level clinicians. If you are a health care professional such as a nurse, social worker or case manager and you are interested in attending a session, please do not register until you have communicated with Casey Smith at the email address below.

Contact us

For more information please email Teresa Cornman-Vergera at: