Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

EPEC: Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care


 The EPEC Program developed its core curriculum and its specialty adaptations (Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Veterans and Caregivers) with the support of peer-reviewed grant funding. Since that time, EPEC has evolved into an ongoing, self-sustaining program with national and international reach. The curriculums combine didactic sessions, video presentations, interactive discussions, and practice exercises. It teaches fundamental palliative care skills in communication, ethical decision making, psychosocial considerations, and symptom management.


EPEC has collaborated with many partners to create specialty and population-based adaptations of the original curriculum in order to expand the scope and range of palliative care by introducing it into new settings and broadening the definition to include the entire spectrum of illness. The program also advocates referring patients for palliative care earlier in the disease process. Today there are more than 3,500 EPEC trainers in the United States and 25 other countries. It is estimated that the EPEC curriculum has reached over one million end-learners.


Dr. Tammie Quest teaching the Emergency Medicine adaptation at the annual EPEC Conference.


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Curricula Materials

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