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Office of Continuing Professional Development

MGH Serious Illness Care Program Training 2017

Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine in partnership with the Hospital Medicine Unit and Partners HealthCare System

Serious Illness Care Program Training
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Date Options:
December 13, 2017
2:30pm - 5:00pm
December 18, 2017
8:30am - 11:00am
December 20, 2017
2:00pm - 4:30pm

The availability of each training session will be limited to 20 participants, to help promote interactive sessions where participants will receive more individualized attention. The first 20 individuals to register will be accepted. Individuals registered after the limit has been met will be notified via email so that they may sign up for an alternative session.

1. Click on 'Course Activities' tab on the left to select preferred date
2. Click on your selected date
3. Click on the 'Purchase' tab located to the left of the screen to register


The Serious Illness Care Program is a systems-based approach to advance care planning. The goal of the program is to facilitate conversations with patients and families about their values, goals, and preferences regarding future medical care to help ensure that people receive medical care consistent with their wishes. Clinician participation in the Serious Illness Care Program can enhance patients' understanding of their illness and prognosis, allow patients control over their decisions, relieve burdens of decision making on family members, and help patients achieve a sense of peace as they live with serious illness.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Identify their role in a systematic approach to improving serious illness conversations
2. Practice using the Partners Serious Illness Conversation Guide
3. Contribute to a system-wide approach to Serious Illness Care

Target Audience

This activity is intended for hospitalist physicians, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, and nurses affiliated with MGH.


Reflection (5 min)

Introduction to the Serious Illness Care Program (25 min)
Research outcomes using the Serious Illness Care Program
Components of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide
Discussion of Prognostic Awareness

Demonstration of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (25 min)

Break (5 min)

Skills Practice in Small Groups (80 minutes)
Practice the Serious Illness Conversation Guide with the standardized patient & expert facilitators

Wrap Up (10 min)
Implementation of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide in clinical practice
Documentation in Epic


Massachusetts General Hospital
Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine
Juliet Jacobsen, MD Course Director, Content Reviewer
Corinne Alexander, MD Course Planner, Content Reviewer
Kate Brizzi, MD
Heather Carlson, NP
Eva Chittenden, MD
Bethany-Rose Daubman, MD
Julia Gallagher, MD
Vicki Jackson, MD
Mihir Kamdar, MD
Khadidjatou Kane, MD
Anne Lebowitz, LICSW
Lynn Mazur, LICSW
Karen O'Brien, MD
Laura Petrillo, MD
Martha Quigley, NP
Simone Rinaldi, NP
Todd Rinehart, LICSW, ACHP-SW
Leah Rosenberg, MD
Naomi Saks, MA, MDiv, BCC
Erin Scott, MD
Jennifer Shin, MD
Erin Stevens, MD
Pamela Woo Williams, NP
Erica Wilson, MD
April Zehm, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital
Hospital Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine
Denisa Gace, DO
Jeffrey Greenwald, MD
Cynthia Lasala, CNS, MS, RN

Massachusetts General Hospital
Primary Care, Division of Internal Medicine
Joyce Barkin, NP
Diane Fingold, MD
Katie Flynn, LICSW
Robin Grossman, RN
Annie Lee, MD
Allison McDonough, MD
Michele McHugh, NP
Michael Nathan, MD
Rebecca Osorio, LICSW
Katharine Treadway, MD
Melissa Vespa, RN


For questions regarding registration or CME information, please contact Olivia MacDonald at or 857-282-2510.

For questions regarding the Serious Illness Care Program and the Continuum Project, please contact Amanda Hazeltine at or 617-643-2880.

Registration Information

This activity is free of charge. Your registration is confirmed when the "Purchase" tab on the left of the screen has a green check mark.

Provided By

Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine in partnership with the Hospital Medicine Unit and Partners Healthcare System

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CME Information

The Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.25AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For Physicians certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) under the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM's) Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program (MKARP).


Instructions for Receiving MOC Points (Part 2)
Upon successful completion of this activity, if you wish to receive MOC (Part 2) points you will need to enter your ABIM ID number in the evaluation section. The Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development will verify completion of your activity and report to the ABIM. Diplomats must check their ABIM Portfolio for confirmation of their MOC points.

ABIM MOC Recognition Statement
"Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.25 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."

MGH Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development Statement
Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development at Massachusetts General Hospital is an approved provider by the Ohio Nurses Association an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-239, 10/1/2020).
Criteria for successful completion include: electronic check-in (attendance) at the beginning of the program, attendance at the entire event and submission of a completed evaluation.
Planners, faculty and content experts have no unresolved conflicts of interest to disclose.

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