Education in Palliative & End-of-Life Care (EPEC) for Pediatrics is a comprehensive adaptation of the EPEC curriculum designed to address the needs of children, their families and pediatric oncology providers and other pediatric clinicians. It was developed by and continues to receive input from experts in several pediatric disciplines as well as parent advocate advisers. It consists of 24 modules in pain and symptom management in palliative care. These topics are taught as a combination of 20 distance learning modules and six in-person conference sessions. This in-person conference is offered annually.
The development and initial implementation of EPEC - Pediatrics was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Grant #1R25CA151000-01). Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, serves as the project’s principal investigator. Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD, and Joshua Hauser, MD, lead the Northwestern University consortium. Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH, leads from Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center. EPEC - Pediatrics is also pleased to work with co-investigator Stacy Remke, MSW, LICSW, from the University of Minnesota.
For more information, please email EPEC.Pediatrics@UCSF.edu.
EPEC – Pediatrics
The curriculum features state-of-the-art knowledge in pain and symptom management, as well as training in the skills required to address key domains for pediatric palliative care. The curriculum is designed to give pediatric healthcare providers, especially pediatric oncology specialists, the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent palliative care to their patients and their families. Based on the well-established and proven training methods of EPEC, this curriculum features a high-impact, widely disseminated approach that utilizes a train-the-trainer model. With knowledge gained through the EPEC - Pediatrics curriculum, physicians and advanced practice registered nurses will be equipped to become trainers who will educate local interdisciplinary teams that provide care to children with cancer and hematological conditions, thus optimizing pediatric palliative care outreach within the pediatric hematology/oncology context.
The EPEC - Pediatrics Professional Development Workshop
This one-day workshop is intended to familiarize participants with the theory and practice of adult learning and clinical practice improvement. Individuals who want to further enhance their teaching and leadership skills are welcome to attend.