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Palliative Care Fellowship Seminars

Core Palliative Care Seminar Series


  • Orientation Week:
    • Introduction to Palliative Care
    • Introduction to Pain Management
    • Hospice 101
    • Family Meeting Skills 1: Basics
  • Dyspnea & Secretion Management
  • Anorexia, Nausea/Vomiting, Constipation
  • Methadone and Buprenorphine
  • Medical Marijuana
  • QA/QI in Palliative Care
  • Research & Scholarship in Palliative Care*
  • Ethics Part 1: Introduction to Ethics
  • Palliative Sedation
  • Palliative Radiation
  • Opioids and Emotions
  • Disclosing Adverse Events
  • Opioid Addiction and Risk Mitigation


  • Mindfulness
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Hospice 201 
  • Career Speed Dating (2 hr.)*
  • Spiritual and Existential Suffering
  • Neuromodulators
  • Advanced Communication Training (2 day)
  • Bereavement 1:  Theories and Cases
  • Delirium & Agitation
  • Ethics Part 2
  • *How to Write a CV
  • Mid-Year Program Review


  • Hospice Medical Director Role*
  • Health Care Disparities in Palliative Care
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Prognostication
  • AAHPM Meeting (4 days)*
  • Fellow’s Retreat (All Day)*
  • Giving an Effective Slide Presentation*
  • Hospice 201


  • Dealing with Grief
  • Leadership 1: Leadership Traits & Finances*
  • Leadership 2: Fellowship & Nat’l Opportunities*
  • Billing*
  • Neuropalliative Care
  • Ethics Part 3
  • Becoming an Attending*
  • End-of-Year Program Review

Pediatric Palliative Care Seminar Series

Target Date Topic
July Overview of Peds Palliative Care
August Pain and Sedation Assessment & Managment in Neonates
September Non-Pharmacologic Pain Management
October Talking to Children about Death/Dying
November Perinatal Palliative Care
December Communication Workshop with Bereaved Parents
January QOL assessments and Regulations in Kids with Devel. Disabilities
February Ethics and Decision-making in never-capacitated individuals 
March Transitions of care (CF, DD, DMD
April Music Therapy
May Spirituality in Children
June Moral Distress

Palliative Care Divisional Conferences

Palliative Care Grand Rounds

4th Wednesday of the Month at Noon

This is a series of hour-long presentations facilitated by local, regional and national experts regarding issues relevant to the comprehensive care of seriously ill patients and their families. Traditionally held in a state-of-the-art conference room (K-207), Covid-19 has moved us to a purely virtual Zoom format.

Recordings of recent Grand Rounds:

For further information, contact our Education Coordinator, Gina Zinn.

Schwartz Center Rounds

3rd Wednesday of the Month at Noon

Schwartz Rounds is an interdisciplinary community gathering focused on the human dimensions of health care. It brings together caregivers from a range of disciplines and levels of training to share experiences and perspectives, and thereby to learn from each other and broaden their view. It was created by health care lawyer Kenneth Schwartz, to “strengthen the human connection, the heart of health care.” Nearly 200 hospitals, hospices and other healthcare organizations conduct Schwartz Rounds in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The Schwartz Center is in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Unlike grand rounds, this is not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of caring. For more information about Schwartz Center Rounds visit

Traditionally held in a large auditorium, Covid-19 has moved us to a purely virtual Zoom format. For further information, contact our Education Coordinator, Gina Zinn.

Annual Palliative Care Collaborative Conference of Rochester

2022 marks the 10th year of this co-sponsored regional meeting. It draws several hundred multidisciplinary clinicians, learners and community members from all levels of palliative care expertise and approach. Speakers include international, national, and regional experts. Each Conference includes several plenary sessions and over a dozen workshops designed to meet the needs and interests of all learners, from introductory overviews (eg., Opioids 101) to state of the science updates. The 2022 Conference will be held virtually. Event details.

For further information, contact our Education Coordinator, Gina Zinn.