The year begins with an intensive summer lecture series that provides a solid foundation in symptom management, palliative care consultation, care of the imminently dying patient, fundamental communication, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
Beginning in September, didactics occur Friday afternoons and continue to build on the summer core curriculum. Fellows also participate in a communication curriculum, emphasizing a cognitive approach to communication and taught with demonstrations and interactive role-play.
Fellows also participate in a variety of academic activities, including designing a QI project, leading a journal club, creating a small group teaching session, and finally presenting at the Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds.
Year-long educational opportunities include weekly palliative care grand rounds and site-specific sessions such as pain rounds, psychosocial oncology grand rounds, and research Works-in-Progress.
These activities are augmented by five fellowship retreats:
Health Equity: A day-long retreat during orientation to consider health care disparities in palliative care and lay the foundation of skills to address it
Art and Medicine: A half-day summer retreat at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston or the Harvard Art Museum to hone our observation and reflection skills
Teaching Lollapalooza: A day-long autumn retreat to reflect on our role as educators and learn skills for teaching and learning
Sustainability and Resilience: A day-long winter retreat to develop a deeper understanding of our personal strengths and to learn techniques to maximize resilience
Leadership Retreat: A day-long spring retreat to define our own leadership styles and develop leadership skills
Below illustrates our approach to the curriculum, matching the fellowship's different didactic and experiential components to the