Education in Palliative and End of Life Care – a new curriculum

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The EPEC curriculum features state of the art knowledge in pain and symptom management, as well as training in the skills required to address key domains for paediatric palliative care. The curriculum is designed to provide paediatric healthcare providers, and especially paediatric oncology specialists, the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent palliative care to their patients and their families. Based upon the well-established, proven training methods of EPEC, this curriculum features a high impact, wide dissemination approach that utilizes a Train the Trainer model.

This project is funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes for Health (NIH).

  • Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD: Principal Investigator, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH: Site Principal Investigator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Linda Emmanuel, MD: Site Principal Investigator, EPEC Program, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Stacy Remke, LICSW, ACHP-SW: Co- Investigator, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

A team of over 30 internationally recognised clinical experts and leaders in paediatric palliative care have developed the EPEC-Pediatrics curriculum and dissemination project since 2011. With knowledge gained through the EPEC-Pediatrics curriculum, physicians and Advanced Nurse Practitioners (APRN) will be equipped to become Trainers who will educate local interdisciplinary teams that provide care to children with cancer and haematological conditions, thus optimising Paediatric Palliative Care outreach within the paediatric haematology/oncology context.

Participation requires completion of on-line training modules and attendance of a Face to face Conference. Category 1 CME credits will be available: The EPEC Pediatrics Curriculum includes 17 self-study online modules (3 modules to be completed prior to attending the programme in Miami) which can be completed over approximately 10-12 weeks.


The Face-to-Face “Become an EPEC-Pediatrics Trainer” conference
with six modules is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, April 27-28, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, FL. The conference follows the 26th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) http://www.aspho.org/education/content/meeting.html

Upon completion of the curriculum the Trainers will receive a teaching resource package including a PowerPoint presentation for each module, a trainers handbook and video “trigger tapes” presenting cases to enhance learning. These resources will enable Trainers to teach interdisciplinary paediatric teams locally.

The EPEC-Pediatrics curriculum is based upon the well established, evidence based EPEC training format, designed for high impact, wide dissemination of knowledge. For additional information visit http://www.epec.net.

This course is being offered to MD’s and AP/NP RN’s in pediatric oncology and other pediatric specialties free of charge to 50 participants.
For registration information, contact EPEC-Pediatrics: epec.pediatrics@childrensmn.org