Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Distance Learning

EPEC Distance Learning is currently migrating to a new platform. We anticipate it will be available in the coming months.

The EPEC Curriculum are available on this site. They consist of text, main points, video cases and discussion boards. The EPEC Curriculum includes 16 modules. Each module consists of approximately 30 screens of information. Both are available with CME credit for physicians. EPEC distance learning is sponsored by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine. The target audience for the EPEC distance learning programs is physicians and other health care professionals who are engaged in palliative care education and clinical practice. Modules can be purchased individually or in clusters. Once a module has been purchased, you will have unlimited access to the content of that module. However, the post-test can be taken only once for continuing education credit.

Each module is available for purchase, click here to order

Legal Issues

Communicating Bad News

Goals of Care

Physician-assisted suicide
Whole Patient AssessmentDepression, Anxiety and Delirium
Advance Care PlanningSudden Illness
Pain Management - Analgesic/opioid dosing Medical Futility
Pain Management - Equianalgesic dosingWithholding/ Withdrawing Treatment
Pain Management - Managing specific pains Last Hours of Living
Common Physical SymptomsGaps and Elements of Care

Statement of Disclosure and Content Validation

Current guidelines set by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) state that participants in CME activities should be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest that may affect the speaker’s presentation(s). Each speaker has been requested to complete a Statement of Disclosure and Content Validation Form.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine adheres to the conflict of interest policy of the University as well as to the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Association.

Every effort is made to develop a CME activity that is balanced, objective, independent and scientifically rigorous. Speakers have been instructed to use generic names for drugs/devices, when possible, in their presentations and to include various commercial products within and across classes. Speakers have also been asked to disclose “off-label” use of a commercial product, or an investigational use not yet approved by the FDA for any purpose, and provide adequate scientific and clinical justification for such use. The names of speakers declaring a potential conflict of interest or those who will be discussing off-label usage are indicated below. If at any time during this activity you feel that there has been commercial or promotional bias, please call it to the program director’s attention. In addition, please respond candidly to the questions about balance and objectivity included in the activity evaluation.

Privacy Statement

Registration is necessary for participation in the distance learning curriculum and includes name, demographic and practice information. This information is for our own internal purposes. We do not share this identifiable information with any outside parties. If aggregated statistics are reported to outside parties, they are free of names and other identifying information. We will not sell, rent, or share your information to any third party.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact Postgraduate Institute of Medicine for more information
Continuing Education (CE) credit jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.