Boot camp didactics (July) followed by structured weekly didactics and clinical learning topics (covered across different settings).
Topics are not limited to the following:
- Pain Curriculum: Pathophysiology and approach to acute and chronic pain. Cancer pain syndromes. Opioids management including use of Fentanyl, Methadone, Ketamine, etc. Patient controlled analgesia, Interventional pain procedures, etc.
- Agitation & Delirium.
- Evidence-based Management of Palliative Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, malignant bowel obstruction, anorexia and cachexia, frailty, fatigue, dyspnea, respiratory secretions, pruritis, etc.
- Communication Curriculum: Family Meetings; breaking bad news; goals care; advance care planning; communication in ICU settings, transition of care and care coordination, etc.
- Performing Inpatient palliative care consultations.
- Palliative care in Advanced Illness: Heart failure, ESRD, topics in malignant diseases, etc.
- Neurodegenerative Illnesses: Dementia, Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Anoxic Brain Injury, etc.
- Care Transitions.
- Spiritual Assessment
- Psychologic and psychiatric illness: Anxiety, depression, PTSD, adjustment disorder, grief, etc.
- Resilience and self-care.
- Hospice Curriculum: including hospice eligibility, regulations,
- End of Life Care.
- Withdrawal of life sustaining treatment: Artificial nutrition, hydration, compassionate extubation from ventilator.
- Palliative Care Emergencies.
- Palliative Sedation.
- Addiction Medicine Curriculum
Journal Club: (September to June)
Workshops: Jump Training on Advance Care Planning with simulated patients; communication workshops- Pallitalk; ethics conferences, etc.
National Conference(s) AAHPM, CAPC, etc.
Elective Courses: Curriculum in Pediatric palliative care; narrative medicine, etc.
Interdisciplinary Team Meetings: IDT management of difficult situations
Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, and other lectures.
Quality and Safety University syllabus.
Telemedicine practice and procedures
Educational Opportunities: Fellows are facilitated to educate medical students and residents on service and participate in lectures for other services.