UCoPE is a four-day intensive course designed for mid-career health care providers who want to improve their generalist palliative care skills. This four day course combines 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.

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. 

Target Audience

Hospitalists, primary care providers, emergency department health care providers, intensivists and hospice providers who have not had formal training in palliative care. ​

Course Agenda

​Time Tuesday
Time​ Topic Facilitator
7:30 AM Welcome/Breakfast/Rounding
​8:00 AM Introduction to Course ​Beck/Sheetz
​8:30 AM ​Ethics in Palliative Care ​Garner
​9:30 AM ​Giving Bad News ​Spraker-Perlman
​10:00 AM Goals of Care ​Spraker-Perlman
​10:30 AM ​Break
​10:45 AM Family Meeting ​Martinez
11:15 AM​ ​Basic Communication Skills ​Beck/Sheetz
​11:45 AM Lunch
12:30 PM ​Practicing Self Care Faculty
12:45 PM​ ​Discussing Prognosis ​Beck
​2:15 PM ​​Break
2:30 PM Communication Skills Workshop ​Faculty
4:30 PM​ ​Wrap up ​Beck/Sheetz
​​4:45 PM Adjourn

​Time Wednesday
​Time Topic Facilitator
​7:30 AM Welcome/Breakfast/Rounding
​8:00 AM Pediatric Palliative Care Assessment Moore
​8:30 AM Hospice 101 Neman/Spraker-Perlman
​10:00 AM ​Break
​10:15 AM Communication Skills Workshop
*Please bring SICG to workshop
​12:00 PM Lunch
12:45 PM ​Practicing Self Care ​Faculty
1:00 PM​ Discussing Conflict Wilkins
​2:15 PM ​​Break
2:30 PM Cultural Curiosity Wilkins
3:45 PM​ ​Doc, I'm in Pain! ​Junkins
4:30 PM
​Wrap up ​Beck/Sheetz
​​4:45 PM Adjourn

​Time Thursday
Time ​​Topic Facilitator
7:30 AM Welcome/Breakfast/Rounding
​8:00 AM Symptom Management ​Garner
​9:00 AM Moving Beyond Opioids ​Junkins
​10:00 AM ​Break
​10:15 AM Communication Skills Workshop
​12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM ​Practicing Self Care Wilkins
12:45 PM​ Caring for the Challenging Patient Thielking
1:45 PM​ Discussing CPR Talebreza
2:15 PM ​​Break
2:30 PM Discussing CPR
3:30 PM​ ​Role Model CPR ​Talebreza
​3:45 PM ​Grief ​Bills
4:30 PM​ ​Wrap up Faculty
​​4:45 PM Adjourn

​Time Friday
Time​ Topic ​Facilitator
​7:30 AM Welcome/Breakfast/Rounding
​8:00 AM Hoping for a Miracle ​Moore
​9:30 AM Selling Palliative Care Garner
​10:00 AM ​Break
​10:15 AM Communication Skills Workshop
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM ​Practicing Self Care ​Faculty
12:45 PM​ Professional Self Care ​Thielking
1:45 PM Stump the Chumps ​Faculty
2:30 PM​ ​Wrap up and Final Assessment ​Beck/Sheetz
3:00 PM Adjourn


Intermountain Healthcare Continuing Medical Education is accredited by Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Intermountain Healthcare Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 29.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Intermountain Healthcare CME adheres to ACCME Standards regarding industry support of continuing medical education and disclosure of faculty and commercial sponsor relationships (if any) will be made known at the activity. 

Intermountain Healthcare CME fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. If any participant of this program is in need of accommodation, please do not hesitate to call and/or write to the CME office in order to receive service. A request for accommodation can be made by calling (801) 442-3930. Reasonable prior notice is required.

Intermountain Healthcare CME is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Utah Nurses Associations are members of the Western Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.

This program is pending approval by the Utah Chapter, Society of Social Work Leadership in Health Care.

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The cost to attend the course is $1000 for physicians and $500 for nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and chaplains. To register, click the button below or contact Emmie Gardner at emmie.gardner@imail.org​.

January 16-19, 2018

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Note: payment in full is required at time of registration. If you have difficultly with our online payment system, please call the CME office at 801-442-3930 for assistance.

Cancellation and Reimbursement Policy
  • Full (100%) registration reimbursement for cancellationmore than 14 days prior to the beginning of the activity.
  • Half (50%) registration reimbursement for cancellation between four (4) and fourteen (14) days prior to the beginning of the activity.  
  • No reimbursement for cancellation three (3) days or less prior to the beginning of the activity.
​Exceptions may be allowed only under extenuating circumstances and with approval from the CME Director, CME Medical Director, and AVP for CME. ​ ​

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