Below is a list of palliative care resources. Click the name of the organization to visit their website.


Educational Resources

For Various Disciplines

AAPHM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care) Education
Format: In-Person/Online/Conferences/Textbooks
AAHPM's Eduction & Practice page with information and resources to expand your knowledge and enhance your practice.

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Clinical Training
Format: Online
CAPC's Online Clinical Training Courses For All Clinicians

CSU Institue for Palliative Care
Format: In-Person/Online
The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care offers interactive, engaging, and up-to-date online courses to ensure healthcare professionals have the skills needed to provide the best possible care.

California Health Care Foundation Resources for Generalist Palliative Care
Format: Online/Textbook
CHCF has put together various resources for generalist palliative care including a needs assessment toolkit and links to webinars, videos, and pdf materials.

California Health Care Foundation Integration of Palliative Care Across Public Health Systems
Format: Textbook
This guide was developed for palliative care champions and specialists who work in California Public Hospitals, to assist them in developing quality improvement projects to integrate palliative care into routine care across a range of service line and patient populations. Palliative care champions and specialists from 10 of California’s public hospitals, along with an expert panel, developed the guide.

Four Seasons Center of Excellence Palliative Care Immersion Course
Format: In-Person
The Four Seasons Consulting Groups offers Palliative Care Immersion Course, where instructors provide didactic sessions, facilitated role play, critiques, and situational modeling of mock patient-provider interactions that will engage and challenge all levels of palliative care providers.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Education
Format: In-Person/Online/Conference
Keep your skill set competitive and fresh with content taught by the most innovative, inspiring, and creative leaders in the field. NHPCO members receive discounts on all educational programs.

University of Louisville Med Center, Interprofessional Education Exchange (iPex)
Format: In-Person
iPex is a national training program for educators in developing interprofessional education for Supportive Care in Oncology.

Coleman Chicago Intervention, Professional Development in Communication and Supportive Care
Format: In-Person/Online
The Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program offers resources and programs for interdisciplinary health care professionals and early career advanced practice in primary and specialty palliative care.

University of Maryland, Master of Science and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care
Format: Online
The Master of Science in Palliative Care degree and Graduate Certificates have been designed to meet the educational needs of individuals who are currently working or who wish to work in hospice and palliative care and want to gain a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients and families affected by advanced illness, or those wishing to do so.

Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Educational Resources
Format: Textbook
The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin Core Curriculum contains the most important Fast Facts within a particular palliative care domain or speciality area. These can be used to supplement a Generalists Palliative Care training initiative, for on-boarding new palliative care specialists, for health professional trainees working in hospice and palliative medicine or for “just in time” education to meet a clinical problem

Adriadne Labs/Serious Illness Care Resources
Format: Online
The Serious Illness Care Program was created by a team of palliative care experts at Ariadne Labs to address these challenges. At the center of the program is the Serious Illness Conversation Guide, which offers clinicians language to ask patients about their goals, values, and wishes.

UCSF Practice-PC: Interprofessional Continuing Education in Palliative Care
Format: In-Person
The UCSF Interprofessional Palliative Care Continuing Education Course (Practice-PC) was created in 2015 to address a workforce shortage that is a key limiting factor in the dissemination of palliative care. All professionals to apply, including but not limited to nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, chaplains, community-based clergy, social workers, pharmacists, nursing aides, case managers, psychologists, therapists, family support coordinators, and interpreters.

Format: Online
E-Prognosis a repository of published geriatric prognostic indices where clinicians can go to obtain evidence-based information on patients' prognosis, including tools to help prognosis communication.

Univeristy of Colorado-Denver Palliative Care Program
Format: In-Person/Online
The Inter-professional Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care and Master of Science Degree in Palliative Care aim to ease suffering worldwide through exemplary palliative care education.

MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care in New York
Format: In-Person/Online
Education and Training: Devoted to growing the workforce needed for patient care, the Education and Training team manages training programs for physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and others. It also offers face-to-face as well as internet-based programs for non-specialists.

Stanford University Program in Palliative Care
Format: Online
Developed by Stanford eCampus this FREE training portal features learning modules, resources and training materials from internationally recognized leaders in the field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Palliative Care Always (Stanford)
Format: online
Palliative Care Always is an online, case-based course for health care practitioners, patients and caregivers.

Spiritual Care Association Printed Resources
Format: Textbook
The Spiritual Care Association printed resources for all disciplines

GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC)
Format: In-Person/Online
ISPEC is the first curriculum at the global level that offers a theoretically and research-grounded curriculum for teaching interprofessional spiritual care. This innovative training program builds on the investigators’ previous experience in developing the GWish Templeton Reflection Rounds, ELNEC Project, and online training programs.

Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care
Format: In-Person
The Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (HMS CPC) seeks to help create a world where all patients living with serious illness are cared for by clinicians who address their suffering and promote their quality of life.

Project Echo Outreach and Training Events
Format: In-Person/Online
Project Echo offers a monthly 90-minute Introduction, a one-day monthly Orientation, and a monthly intensive three-day Immersion training event for signed ECHO replication partners. Find scheduled dates for these events, applicable requirements and online registrations.

Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care from University of Washington, Cambria
Format: In-Person/Online
This interprofessional curriculum is designed for practicing healthcare professionals from nursing, medicine, social work, spiritual care, and other disciplines seeking specialty training in palliative care.

EPEC: Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Format: Online
The EPEC Program developed its core curriculum and its specialty adaptations (Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Veterans and Caregivers) with the support of peer-reviewed grant funding. Since that time, EPEC has evolved into an ongoing, self-sustaining program with national and international reach. The curriculums combine didactic sessions, video presentations, interactive discussions, and practice exercises. It teaches fundamental palliative care skills in communication, ethical decision making, psychosocial considerations, and symptom management.

For Physicians

UCSF Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Format: In-Person
The UCSF Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program trains top physicians in a fully transdisciplinary environment to become compassionate, clinically excellent leaders in all areas of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Stanford Palliative Care Fellowship
Format: In-Person
The Stanford University Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited training program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM). It is specifically designed to train board certified/board eligible internists or family medicine physicians in the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in HPM.

Memorial Sloan Kettering, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training program
Format: In-Person
The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering is offered within the Supportive Care Service in the Department of Medicine.

Weaving Palliative Care into Primary Care: A Guide for Community Health Centers
Format: Textbook
A pdf guide published by the California HealthCare Foundation to provide Primary Care Providers information and tools to integrate primary palliative care into their practices.

Vital Talk (National with San Francisco Hub)
Format: In-Person
Innovative, interactive clinician and faculty development courses to have effective, empathic, and honest conversations between a clinician, patient, and their family are the cornerstones of patient-centered care and to improve communication skills on an individual and institutional level.

CAFP (California Academy of Family Physicians) End of Life Conversations
Format: Online
CAFP’s End-of-Life Conversations is an educational and outreach program focused on integrating end-of-life, advanced care planning and palliative care into family medicine and primary care practices.

Format: Online
eDoctoring is an online educational tool that brings challenging clinical practice to your computer, providing medical education that is engaging, challenging and interactive. Offers 25 simulated clinical cases, 15 interactive tutorials and a virtual library containing numerous articles, fast facts and video clips.

For Nurses

Memorial Sloan Kettering, Nurse Practicitioner in Hospice and Palliative Care
Format: In-Person
The mission of the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care is to equip qualified, committed, creative, and caring nurse practitioners with the clinical and academic expertise to become future leaders in palliative and supportive care.

Hospice & Palliaticce Nurses Association (HPNA) Education
Format: Online/Conference
The HPNA is the national professional organization that represents the specialty of palliative nursing, which includes hospice and palliative nurses. We support the profession through education programs, research initiatives, and advocacy.

End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Online courses
Format: Online
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national education initiative to improve palliative care and provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics, and other nurses with training in palliative care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students, practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Fairfield University, Kanarek Center for Palliative & Supportive Nursing Education
Format: In-Person
Kanarek Center for Palliative & Supportive Nursing Education strives to advance nursing leadership and foster interprofessional collaboration that enhances the lives of patients and families in palliative and end-of-life care through education, administration, practice, research and policy.

UCSF School of Nursing (Palliative Care Special Focus Area)
Format: In-Person
The UC San Francisco School of Nursing Masters of Science Palliative Care Special Focus Area was designed to provide an introduction to the content related to palliative care.

Format: Online
POLARIS provides 13 modules that are designed to offer essential practice knowledge for early career hospice and palliative nurses.

For Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers Advanced Certified Hospice & Palliative Social Worker
Format: Online
The Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker (ACHP-SW) engages in direct service to patients and their families; leadership activities within organizations and communities; education; resource development; advocacy; policy initiatives and caregiver

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network Professional Development Center
Format: Online/Conference
SWHPN offers a collection of online courses available for CE credits. Geared especially to the hospice or palliative social worker, our new online Professional Development Center gives social workers access to up-to-date, convenient, self-paced courses with real-time test grading and printing of CE certificates.

"Resource Guide for Palliative and End-of-Life Care (Graduate School of Social Service Fordham University)"
Format: PDF
Comprehensive Resource Guide for Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Social Workers

Palliative Care Graduate School of Social Service @ Fordham University
Format: In-Person
This website describes the activities related to palliative social work at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, including: Palliative Care Fellowship for MSW students Continuing Education classes on palliative care.

For Chaplains

Spiritual Care Association Education
Format: Online
The Spiritual Care Association Learning Center offers a large number of on line, self guided courses on various topics about and related to spiritual care

CAPC Spiritual Care Toolkit
Format: Online
This toolkit provides online courses and tools for spiritual care providers to meet the needs of patients with serious illness. Leaders will find information about integrating professional spiritual care into their palliative care programs.

Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification for Chaplains
Format: Online
BCCI and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) offers Board Certified Chaplain – Palliative Care & Hospice Advanced Certification, signifying that the chaplain has mastered the spiritual care competencies necessary for palliative care/hospice, including end-of-life care and care of those with life-limiting conditions.

Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy Course (Association of Professional Chaplains & CSU)
Format: Online
The online eight-week, 64 CE hour instructor-led Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy curriculum enhances the ability of chaplains to support patients and loved ones facing the challenges of serious and chronic illness through building a strong foundation of knowledge and practice in palliative care chaplaincy. With online convenience, chaplains in any practice setting can add vital palliative skills to their practice that will enable them to function as members of the interdisciplinary team when engaged in tandem with the basic preparation for chaplaincy certification.

Spiritual Care Association Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty Certification (APBCC-HPC)
Format: Certification
SCA offers a Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty for Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplains. An APBCC-HPC chaplain has demonstrated not only the advanced skills in the provision of and leadership in spiritual and chaplaincy care required of an advanced practice chaplain (APBCC), but has also successfully completed a standardized test of core knowledge in hospice and palliative care. The APBCC-HPC specialty certification recognizes the unique skills, advanced education and the specialized expertise of hospice and palliative care chaplains.

UCSF Clinical Pastoral Education Program
Format: In-Person
UCSF Medical Center's Spiritual Care Services provides professional education in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in a clinical setting under the guidance of certified supervisors. The program, established in 1961, is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

Professional Organizations

For Various Disciplines

AAPHM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care)
AAHPM is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, nurses, and other healthcare providers.

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
NHPCO works to expand access to a proven person-centered model for healthcare—one that provides patients and their loved ones with comfort, peace, and dignity during life’s most intimate and vulnerable experiences.

For Nurses

Hospice & Palliaticce Nurses Association (HPNA)
The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is the national professional organization that represents the specialty of palliative nursing, which includes hospice and palliative nurses.

American Associations of Colleges of Nurses
Who We Are The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

For Social Workers

Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network
SWHPN (Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network) is a network of psychosocial hospice and palliative professionals dedicated to advancing best practices in palliative and hospice in caring for those with serious illness, and advancing the field on behalf of those caregivers.

For Chaplains

Association of Professional Chaplains
With commitment to interfaith ministry and the professional practice of chaplaincy care, the Association of Professional Chaplains® serves chaplains in all types of health and human service settings.

Spiritual Care Association
The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care.

Palliative Care Services

Get Palliative Care is a website providing clear, comprehensive palliative care information for people living with a serious illness. Key features of the site include a Palliative Care Provider Directory, a definition of palliative care, and detailed descriptions of what palliative care does and how to get it.

UCSF Palliative Care Program
Overview of the UCSF Palliative Care Program. The Palliative Care Program at UCSF Health provides specialized medical care for patients who are seriously ill. We do this by offering expert symptom management, ensuring patients' wishes for their medical care are both known and honored, and helping patients and their caregivers cope with serious illness.

Stanford Healthcare Palliative Care
The Stanford Palliative Care Clinic website

Resolution Care
Bringing capable and compassionate care to everyone everywhere in the face of serious illness. Restoring tradition, the ResolutionCare Team returns the center of care and support to the home by seeing patients only with house calls and virtual house calls. Serving Eureka and Mendocino, CA

Kaiser Outpatient Palliative Care
Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic at Kaiser San Francisco

Multimedia Resources

Format: Film (Streaming on Netflix)
Film provides insight on the Intensive Care Unit and the decisions of clinicians, patients and families

End Game
Format: Film (online)
Film provides insight on palliative care at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco following Dr. B.J. Miller and his team. Discussions with terminally ill patients about death and the medical care/options to family. Website for Dr. B.J. Miller: The Center for Dying and Living

PCIC: Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Format: Film (Vimeo)
PCIC is a comprehensive state-of-the-art palliative care curriculum. Each module was filmed during an educational session for our Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellows presented by our expert interdisciplinary faculty. PCIC and the Fellowship education program is a joint initiative of the Palliative Medicine Faculty & Staff of OhioHealth, The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio USA.