University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
"Palliative care and changing goals of care" is part of the CHAMP faculty development program, which aims to improve inpatient, geriatric medical care through a "teach the teacher" approach. It is central to one of the four course themes, improving palliative and end of life care.
Teaching materials on "Palliative Care" include: slide presentation with speaker's notes; worksheet; references; sample session evaluation form; and user's guide/program overview of CHAMP. Resources on all CHAMP topics and course materials are also available on this website.
CHAMP is a multi-tiered educational project with a faculty development program at its core. Hospitalists, general internists, and family practitioners who teach residents and medical students are the targeted audience. The course is organized around four themes in geriatric inpatient care: identifying and assessing vulnerable elders, preventing hazards of hospitalization, improving palliative and end of life care, and managing transitions of care. CHAMP addresses 15 geriatric topics and includes a mini-course entitled, "Teaching on Today's Wards," on advanced clinical teaching skills and teaching across the ACGME Core Competencies in the inpatient setting. 1 CME credit hour (category 1) was awarded to physicians who attended this teaching session.
"Palliative care and changing goals of care" strengthens learners skill teaching about:
- incorporating prognosis into plan of care;
- emphasizing palliation in the care of patients with advanced disease;
- weighing the benefits and burdens of diagnostics in patients with advanced disease;
- identifying older adult patients for whom hospice care is appropriate;
- discussing hospice care with older adult patients and their families;
- and assisting health care professionals, patients and families in overcoming barriers to enrollment in hospice.