Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care


EPEC for Veterans addresses the specific needs of veterans and their families, consisting of 27 modules of core palliative care content. This curriculum was written, adapted and reviewed by more than 100 members of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the EPEC team. In addition, this curriculum has been disseminated to more than 250 Trainers in all 21 VISNs. 

This project is funded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and it is directed by F. Amos Bailey, MD, of the Birmingham VA Medical Center and the University of Alabama, and Joshua Hauser, MD, of EPEC, Northwestern University and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.


Topics covered in the core curriculum include:

  • Goals of care
  • Advance care planning
  • Breaking Bad News
  • Pain Management
  • Psychological Symptoms
  • GI Symptoms
  • Constitutional Symptoms
  • Dyspnea
  • Comprehensive Whole Patient Assessment
  • Psychosocial Issues
  • The Experiences of Veterans from Different War Eras
  • Life-sustaining Treatments
  • Last Hours of Living
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • Requests to Hasten Death
  • Sudden Illness
  • Professional Self-Care
  • Spirituality in Palliative Care
  • Teamwork in Palliative Care


Learn More

The curriculum text includes both clinical content and Trainer’s Notes of suggested teaching approaches. For more information, or information on how to obtain these materials, please contact Veronica Roman.