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Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Become an EPEC-Pediatrics Trainer April 29-30, 2017 Montréal, Canada

Are you interested in teaching pediatric pain medicine and palliative care? Then become an EPEC-Pediatrics Trainer!

In Affiliation with The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting (ASPHO, April 29-30, 2017 Montréal, Canada, following the ASPHO Annual Meeting

plus optional EPEC-Pediatrics Professional Development Workshop April 28, 2017 (requirement to become EPEC-Pediatrics Master Facilitator)

Please join us for this innovative EPEC-Pediatrics curriculum, which offers state of the art knowledge to provide excellent pain & palliative care to pediatric patients and their families. Funded by the National Cancer Institute and based on proven training methods, it features a high impact, train-the-trainer model and equips clinicians to educate interdisciplinary teams that care for children with cancer/hematological conditions as well as other serious illnesses about palliative care.

This training is designed for MDs and AP/NP and other pediatric specialties.

Curriculum includes

  • Training in the EPEC model of professional education, with an emphasis on learning how to teach
  • 20 online modules
  • 24 PowerPoint modules, trainer’s guide & film clips upon successful completion of the course

$1295 for physicians, $ 895 for fellows and other clinicians (discount available)


Registration open:

Seeking 2 International Scholars from low-moderate income countriesEPEC Scholarship Application Guidelines 2017

Further Information:

Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC – Pediatrics): A comprehensive curriculum designed to address the needs of children, their families, and pediatric oncology providers and other pediatric clinicians. Funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute. (NIH Grant Number: 1 R25 CA151000-01) from 2010-2017, Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, Joanne Wolfe, MD. Joshua Hauser, MD, and Stacy Remke, LiCSW lead this initiative and collaborate with a team of 35 national and international leaders in the field of pediatric pain medicine and palliative care.

The recently developed curriculum now comprises of 24 core palliative care modules, delivered in a combination of distance online learning and in-person conference sessions. These “Train-the-Trainer” modules provide the “trainers” (pediatric hematologists/oncologists or other pediatric specialists incl. nurse practitioners) with all powerpoint presentations, all trigger-tape videos and a teaching handbook for each module to teach interdisciplinary teams.

Train-the-Trainers participants 2012-2016: 365 Trainers from 25 countries and territories: USA (271) plus Puerto Rico (1); Argentina (3), Australia (26), Brazil (1), Canada (12), Costa Rica (2), Denmark (3), Dominican Republic (1), Egypt (1), Jordan (1), Kuwait (1), Mexico (2), Guatemala (1), India (3), Malaysia (3), New Zealand (22), Singapore (2), Saudi Arabia (1), South Africa (1), Thailand (1), Turkey (1), United Kingdom (2), Uruguay (1)

Existing EPEC-Pediatric modules:

1.     Multimodal Analgesia: Acute Pain Management

2.     Opioid Selection and Opioid Rotation

3.     Neuropathic Pain Management and Adjuvant Analgesia

4.     Procedural Pain Management Strategies

5.     Chronic/Complex Pain Management

6.     Methadone

7.     Management of Gastrointestinal Symptoms

8.     Management of Respiratory Symptoms

9.     Management of Fatigue, Psychosocial & Psychiatric Symptoms

10.  Management of Neurological Symptoms

11.  Management of Refractory Distress

12.  Preparation for Imminent Death

13.  Integrative Medicine

14.  Introducing Quality Improvement in PPC

15.  What is Pediatric Palliative Care and Why Does it Matter: An Overview

16.  Child Development

17.  Family Centered Care

18.  Grief and Bereavement

19.  Professional Care for Professionals

20.  Team Collaboration and Effectiveness

21.  Communication & Planning

22.  Ethical & Legal Considerations

23.  Teaching with EPEC-Pediatrics in the Face-to-Face Setting

24.  Teaching Pain & Symptom Management