Advanced Education Certification Series: Palliative Care
Palliative care has been described as an extra layer of support for patients and their families dealing with a serious or advanced illness. The Advanced Education Certification Palliative Care Series provides the learner with a broad spectrum of topics that will facilitate the development of a highly applicable skill set when caring for this population. The series begins with the origin of hospice and palliative care in the US, using data to support the impact of palliative care. Additional topics include an overview of communication and healthcare decision-making and psychosocial/spiritual/cultural care in serious illness. The balance of the series provides practice information on the assessment and management of physical pain and an opportunity to develop expertise in the pharmacology of nonopioid, opioid, and adjuvant analgesics. Participants will develop expertise in the management of nonpain symptoms including gastrointestinal, cardiopulmonary, neuropsychiatric, and genitourinary. We will also describe alternative routes of medication administration, deprescribing, and best practices in educating patients and informal caregivers. Rounding out this program will be 5 case-based sessions where learners can apply and pull together all the information taught in this series. Palliative care touches every field, every practice, and potentially every patient and family. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire the skills to provide superior care to this vulnerable population.
This certification comprises 20 CE/CME hours of modules with self-assessment quizzes, PLUS a bonus 4 hours composed of three segments: 1) summaries of key learnings, 2) case studies, and 3) faculty panel discussion.
Upon registration, you will receive instructions and reminder emails for logging in and other pertinent details related to the program. Please note that these 20 modules, and their evaluations, and the bonus 4 hours, must be completed in order to take your final 100 question exam. Then you will receive your final certificate.
The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of frontline practitioners involved in the treatment of patients with chronic pain.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Discuss why effective communication is essential when discussing serious illness with patients, caregivers, families, and other healthcare professionals.
- Describe the role of A-delta and C-fibers in pain signaling.
- Review a pain assessment using single- and multi-dimensional assessment instruments to assess a complaint of pain.
- List the most common adverse effects associated with acetaminophen and NSAIDs.
- Describe the rationale for rotating patients from one opioid to another when treating chronic pain.
- Describe where adjuvant analgesics act within the pain pathway.
- List and interpret risk stratification strategies prior to starting methadone therapy
- Explain conversion between oral, rectal, and parenteral methadone.
- Describe the conditions of participation in hospice and palliative care
- Identify a monitoring plan for an opioid regimen.
- Describe the role of ketamine in the management of complicated pain, neuropathic pain and opioid-induced hyperalgesia.
- Describe the steps in the drug therapy selection and monitoring process.
- Describe the nature of polypharmacy, and how deprescribing can be used as an antidote.
- Describe methods to assess constipation, and specifically OIC.
- Identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies for the treatment of dyspnea
- Discuss the concepts of hope, grief, and meaning related to illness and end of life
- List five potential etiologies of bladder spasms in the palliative care patient population
This activity is provided by Global Education Group.
Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS
Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Alexandra L. McPherson, PharmD, MPH
Palliative Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
MSW, LCSW PhD Candidate,
University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work Instructor,
Online Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Program in Palliative Care University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
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Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Physician Credit Designation
Global Education Group designates this enduring material for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 20 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
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This educational activity for 20.0 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Pharmacist Accreditation Statement
Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education with Commendation.
Global Education Group designates this continuing education activity for 20.0 contact hour(s) (2.0 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0530-0000-22-084-H04-P)
This is a knowledge based activity.
Psychology Accreditation Statement
Global Education Group (Global) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Global maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This activity has been approved for a maximum of 20.0 CE credits for psychologists. The instructional level of this activity is Intermediate.
Global Education Group is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 110121. This activity is approved for 20.0 contact hour(s) (which includes 7 hour(s) of pharmacology).
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 20.0 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.
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Instructions to Receive Credit
During the period from April 25, 2022, to April 25, 2023 , participants must complete the activity evaluation and obtain a score of 75% or better on the posttest and on the final comprehensive examination. Upon completion, your certificate will be available to print. For questions about receiving certificates, please contact email@example.com.
For Pharmacists: Please complete the evaluation instructions above. You must complete the activity in its entirety. Partial credit cannot be awarded. Upon registering and completing the activity evaluation, your transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4-6 weeks of completing this activity.
Fee & Refund/Cancellation Policy
There is 1500 fee for this educational activity.
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Global Education Group (Global) adheres to the policies and guidelines, including the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE, set forth to providers by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and all other professional organizations, as applicable, stating those activities where continuing education credits are awarded must be balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous. All persons in a position to control the content of an accredited continuing education program provided by Global are required to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible company within the past 24 months to Global. All financial relationships reported are identified as relevant and mitigated by Global in accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE in advance of delivery of the activity to learners. The content of this activity was vetted by Global to assure objectivity and that the activity is free of commercial bias.
The planners and managers at Global Education Group have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Global Education Group (Global) does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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