The Master of Science in Palliative Care prepares physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists to be Palliative Care Community Specialists.
PC community specialists will receive education and skill development enabling them to provide high quality palliative care to the vast majority of patients and families in the community whose needs are greater than can be provided by Primary Care Providers (if available), and neither need nor desire care in an academic tertiary medical center. The PC community specialist will be linked to tertiary palliative care experts through their training, creating a network of palliative care services that can better support the needs of patients and families through the continuum of illness and venues of care.
The concepts of primary, secondary and tertiary palliative care described below are defined by Dr. Charles von Gunten in his article from the Journal of the American Medical Association (2002).
Wide support for program
Our program, MSPC, is supported by the College of Nursing, School of Medicine, and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy here at the University of Colorado. We are working together to respond to the recent IOM Report recommendations (Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life) that suggest “health care delivery organizations, academic medical centers, and teaching hospitals that sponsor specialty-level training positions should commit institutional resources to increase the number of available training positions for specialty-level palliative care.”
I invite you to learn more about becoming a PC community specialist by visiting our website to learn more about our program and follow this blog as we introduce the faculty and classes. Contact us to learn more about enrolling in the program.