Utah Certificate of Palliative Education
Utah Certificate of Palliative Care Education (UCoPE) at the University of Utah
UCoPE is a four-day intensive course designed for health care providers who want to improve their generalist palliative care skills. This four-day course involves a combination of communication and symptom-management skills training in an intimate setting, with a faculty to student ratio between 2-3:1. With facilitators from pediatrics, internal medicine, oncology, psychiatry, and geriatrics, attendees will be exposed to best palliative care practices in a variety of clinical settings, including the ICU, outpatient clinic, the emergency department, hospital and hospice.
- Communication Skills
- Ethics in Palliative Care
- Dealing with Conflicts
- Cultural Curiosity
- Professional Self Care
Purpose of the Certificate
There is a shortage of trained hospice and palliative medicine providers in Utah for all health care disciplines from nursing to medicine to pharmacy. UCoPE is designed to address this critical shortage by providing an intensive course aimed at improving generalist palliative care skills for both adult and pediatric patients with serious illness. This interprofessional training certificate is the first of its kind in the intermountain region. Our goal is to increase the access to palliative care trained health care providers throughout Utah.
Who Should Take These Courses
Hospitalists, primary care providers, emergency department health care providers, intensivists and hospice providers who have not had formal training in palliative care or want to build on their current palliative care skills.