Maine Medical Center
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Didactic Curriculum

We have dedicated time for education between 8 am and 12 pm on two Tuesdays during the month.

This time includes grand rounds, core content, case presentations, journal club and research conferences. In addition, we use the state-of-the-art Hannaford Simulation lab to provide several intensive communication training sessions. These sessions are inter-disciplinary.

Over the course of the year the following content areas are addressed:

  • Introduction to Palliative Medicine
  • Symptom management
  • Disease specific palliative medicine: cardiac, pulmonary, and neurologic diseases; end stage renal disease, end stage liver disease, cancer and trauma.
  • Estimating and communicating prognosis
  • Communication skills training, with particular focus on:
    • Essential Communication Skills
    • Breaking Bad News
    • Goals of Care
    • Facilitating Family Meetings
    • Resuscitation Preference
  • The role of spiritual care, social work, and ethics in palliative medicine
  • Hospice and end of life care
  • Provider health, resiliency, mindfulness
  • System level palliative medicine, administration and delivery of care
  • Reflection in medicine

A highlight of our didactic curriculum is our collaboration with other Northern New England HPM fellowship programs. We gather three times a year for interdisciplinary educational retreats focusing on essential symptom management skills, in depth communication training, and preparation for independent practice.