End of Life Care

Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care

The University of Nebraska, Division of Geriatrics is committed to improving end-of-life care delivered in the state of Nebraska. The need for improved training in end of life care led the American Medical Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop and publish a curriculum titled, "Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care" (EPEC).

About EPEC

The EPEC Curriculum has been designed with input from nationally respected experts in the field and feedback from participants of early training conferences. The EPEC Team has been led by Linda L. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, Frank D. Ferris, MD and Russell Portenoy, MD.

At the heart of the project is a core curriculum that provides physicians with the basic knowledge and skills needed to appropriately care for dying patients. The EPEC Curriculum consists of four 30-minute plenary modules and twelve 45-minute workshop modules, and is uniquely practical, transportable and self-contained. It combines didactic sessions, videotape presentations, interactive discussions, and practical exercises. It teaches fundamental skills in communication, ethical decision-making, palliative care, psychosocial considerations, and pain and symptom management. EPEC is now available for on-line learning and CME credit for a reasonable price.

Bringing the EPEC to Your Community

If you wish to arrange for Dr. Eberle or Dr. Mostek to present the EPEC in your community please contact: Pat Schott at pschott@unmc.edu