Apply Now: Taste of Palliative Medicine 2021

Aug 30, 2021

The Open Society Foundations’ (OSF) Public Health Program is pleased to invite you to apply to participate in a special five-day “Taste of Palliative Medicine” course based on the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Curriculum (PCIC). This course will be presented in English.

With the evolution of modern medicine in each of our countries, attention to the experience of the patient and family becomes ever more important. The early introduction of palliative care practices, concurrent with strategies to manage any disease process, can both improve the experience of our patients and prolong their lives. It can also help every healthcare professional achieve greater satisfaction with less conflict.


This course will provide participants with:

1. An overview of Value of Early Palliative Care

2. Strategies to assess and manage Core Symptoms, including

  • Bone, Abdominal, and Neuropathic Pain
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Constipation & Bowel Obstruction
  • Dyspnea
  • Delirium
  • Anorexia & Cachexia

3. Approaches to Effective Communication & Decision-Making, including how to:

  • Communicate good and bad news effectively
  • Communicate prognosis
  • Facilitate difficult decision-making, including withholding or withdrawing fluids, nutrition, and antibiotics

4. Care in the Last Hours of Life, including:

  • Preparing for the end of life
  • Managing the dying process

5. Personal reflection about your experience:

  • Caring for patients and families living with advanced illnesses
  • The Impact of Loss Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and How to Stay Resilient


Our faculty are all leaders from both Europe and the United States of America:

  • Ágnes Csikós, MD, PhD, Med.Habil., Director, Institute of Primary Care, Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Pécs Medical School, Pécs, Hungary
  • Alyssa Tilly, MD, Assistant Professor, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  • Charles F von Gunten, MD, PhD, FAAHPM, FAACE, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Palliative Medicine Professor of Medicine, Ohio University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Daniela Moşoiu, MD, PhD, Director, Education & National Development, HOSPICE Casa Speranţei, Transilvania University, Brasov, Romania
  • Frank D. Ferris, MD, FAAHPM, FAACE (Course Director), Associate Program Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Education, OhioHealth, Professor of Palliative and Specialty Medicine Ohio University, and Principal, Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Shannon Y. Moore, MD, MPH, FAAHPM, Palliative Medicine Consultant / Educator, Poulsbo, Washington, USA


Deadline: Applications must be received by September 6, 2021. Selected candidates will be notified by September 10, 2021.