Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care


Become an EPEC Trainer

September 13-14, 2018 

(Hamburger University & Hyatt Lodge McDonalds Campus - Oak Brook, IL)

The Become an EPEC Trainer Conference is a one-and-a-half-day conference for participants who want to become EPEC trainers in order to teach the essential clinical competencies of palliative care to others. Topics covered include communication skills, symptom management, and ethics relevant to palliative care. Participants are exposed to a variety of education techniques based on adult learning principles, including interactive lecture, role play, and case-based teaching. In addition, participants receive EPEC educational materials including the EPEC Curriculum, PowerPoint slides, and trigger videos. Upon completion of the conference, participants are designated as EPEC Trainers and are encouraged to use their knowledge and skills to educate fellow clinicians in the core competencies of palliative and end-of-life care.

Every Autumn we host two “Become an EPEC Trainer” Conferences simultaneously. “Become an EPEC Trainer” is our core curriculum and is suitable for all specialties and disciplines.  “Become an EPEC-EM Trainer” is an adaptation of our core curriculum specifically designed for clinicians working in Emergency Medicine.

Professional Development Workshop (PDW)

September 15, 2018 

(Hamburger University & Hyatt Lodge McDonalds Campus - Oak Brook, IL)

This one day workshop is intended to familiarize participants with the theory and practice of adult learning and clinical practice improvement. Individuals who want to further enhance their teaching and leadership skills are welcome at this workshop. The PDW focuses on improving teaching skills. Attendees will first learn about teaching methods in didactic sessions and will then participate in hands-on practice techniques. The PDW also emphasizes practice improvement and includes practical exercises that demonstrate the skills of team building, systems research, and advocacy. Participation in a PDW is necessary for those who aspire to the position of EPEC Master Facilitator. 

Conference Registration and Pricing

To register for a conference, you must complete the online registration. For more information, please call us at 312-503-3732. Refunds minus a $50 handling fee will be granted if requested prior to September 1, 2018. Refunds will not be given after this date. Registration fees can be applied to participation in a future equivalent conference. 

Before Sept 1After Sept 2
EPEC  Sept 13th-14th, 2018$995$1095
EPEC-EM Sept 13th-14th, 2018$995$1095
Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Sept 15, 2018                 $995$1095
EPEC or EPEC-EM and PDW  Sept 13-15th, 2018$1750$1950

Conference fees include: breakfast and lunch each day, electronic copies of all curriculum and video vignettes.

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL located just outside of Chicago. A serene bridge connects participants of our conference with the Hyatt Lodge. The Hyatt Lodge overlooks a scenic lake, lush gardens and acres of forest. The grounds also includes four miles of jogging trails and five nature/bike paths.

Hamburger Universty and the attached Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus are located at 2715 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

2017 Conference Brochure