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Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) Pediatrics

April 12 – 13, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN

*plus Optional Professional Development Workshop (PDW) April 14, 2018*

Download Brochure: EPEC Peds 2018

The EPEC-Pediatrics curriculum features state-of-the-art knowledge in pain and symptom management and training in the skills required to address key domains for pediatric palliative care. The program is designed to give pediatric healthcare professionals (incl. physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists) the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent palliative care to their patients and their families.

Participants will also be equipped to become EPEC-Pediatric Trainers who can educate interdisciplinary teams providing care to children with serious illness. More information:

Registration Includes:

·    2-day Train-the-Trainer Conference attendance

·    Access to 18 self-study online modules on pain and symptom management, grief and bereavement, child development, and more

·    Receipt of all training materials in the curriculum upon successful completion of the course, including:

o 24 PowerPoint Presentations

o A comprehensive teaching handbook for each module to teach interdisciplinary teams

o Trigger videos

Registration Fee: $1505 for physicians, $1105 for fellows and other clinicians (US$)

·     Up to 38 AMA PRA Category 1 and MOC points applied for

·     International scholarships available for low-to-moderate income countries

For more information, Email

Additional Offering: The Professional Development Workshop (PDW) This 1-day hands-on small-group workshop is intended to familiarize participants with the theory and practice of adult learning and clinical practice improvement in teaching pediatric pain and palliative care. This is a required course for Trainers who wish to become a Master Facilitator and opens the possibility to join the EPEC-Pediatrics faculty upon completion. Individuals who want to further enhance their teaching and leadership skills are also welcome to attend. Additional fee: $865.

2018 Faculty Includes:

Justin Baker, MD, St Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN

Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, FAAP *, Children’s Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Joshua Hauser, MD *, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Stacy Remke, LICSW, ACHP-SW *, University of Minnesota School of Social Work, St. Paul, MN

Camara VanBreemen, NP (F), Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH *, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA                                  * Course directors

Registration: Education in Palliative & End-of-life Care (EPEC) Pediatrics: Become an EPEC-Peds Trainer Conference in Minneapolis, MN, April 12-13, 2018

Professional Development Workshop: April 14, 2018


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