Curriculum

Hospice and Palliative Fellows experience a broad range of educational opportunities to cover the breadth and scope of the field in several formats including:

 

Palliative Core Didactics Small Group Sessions:

On Monday afternoons, the fellows attend didactics on key Palliative Care topics and other aspects of patient care. Teaching occurs in a small group format taught by experts from the faculty members from Palliative Care, Geriatrics, Cardiology, Neurology, Hematology & Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics, Psychology, Psychiatry, Quality Improvement, Ethics, and more. All these talks are in small group format designed specifically to allow fellows to interact freely with expert faculty in a respectful learning climate.

 

Interprofessional Palliative Care Journal Club:

Each month, fellows and faculty members gather to review and discuss recent articles and topics relevant to Palliative care. Topics from this past year included stigmatizing language in medical records, disparities in palliative care and hospice access and advance care planning completion rates, time limited trials, methadone, triggers for palliative care consults, cultural preferences, prognostication in neurologic disease, and many more.

 

Communication Skills Workshops:

Fellows participate in skills-based sessions with simulated patients and faculty facilitators to get targeted feedback on their communication skills, practice delivering prognosis, responding to emotion, and how to shift conversations as situations evolve. All faculty facilitators have undergone VitalTalk facilitator training.

 

Sustainable Practice Series:

Our sustainable practice series is co-led by our interdisciplinary team members in social work and spiritual care, to provide a confidential space for fellows to debrief, learn about trauma informed care, process their own life transitions, and to cultivate skills to practice hospice and palliative medicine in a sustainable way over their careers.  

 

Palliative Care Grand Rounds: 

Once a month speaker series for fellows and teams across all sites to explore topics and issues relevant to Palliative Care. Topics from this past year included: engaging stakeholders to improve advance care planning and dementia care, bridging gaps and disparities with neurosurgeons and palliative care physicians as partners, lessons learned about teaching palliative care virtually, God is able and the significance of belief in miracles for African American patients with serious illness, caring for aging parents, the need for improved palliative care awareness and knowledge in patients and caregivers, communication on health outcomes in older LGBTQ adults, and an Islamic perspective in end of life care.
 

Public-facing Education Workshops:

In partnership with our Stanford Palliative Center of Excellence team, our fellows have opportunities to co-facilitate sessions on advance care planning and introducing palliative care to community members and patients. These free virtual sessions happen quarterly. For more information, see https://med.stanford.edu/palliative-care/events/workshops.html

 

Shared Case Conference with Acute Pain and Addiction Teams

Quarterly conference with addiction, pain, and palliative teams to review shared cases and brainstorm learning for future similar scenarios. Fellows participate in presenting alongside faculty mentors.