Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Seminar
The purpose of this curriculum is to facilitate improved care at the end of life (EOL) through interdisciplinary education, to generate mutual recognition and valuing of interdisciplinary roles, and to introduce students to palliative care through home visits. Five intensive educational sessions address knowledge, attitudes, and skill development in palliative care. Depending on the site of the seminar (Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Yankton), the structure of the course and composition of student participants (typically in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and chaplaincy) may vary. Sessions combine readings and didactic education with experiential learning in interdisciplinary teams in the homes of people at end-of-life. Interdisciplinary small group discussions encourage dialogue and self-reflection on EOL issues.
About the IPC Seminar Structure:
The five-week Interdisciplinary Palliative Care (IPC) Seminar was developed by faculty and health care professionals from Sanford School of Medicine, Augustana College, University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls Seminary, Avera McKennan Clinical Pastoral Education, Avera McKennan Hospice, and Sanford Hospice.
Begun in 2001, the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Seminar is typically offered three times per academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring) in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Yankton offers their class once a year. Currently, students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, chaplaincy/clinical pastoral education, and social work participate in the IPC Seminar. By September 2012, over 900 students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, gerontology, and chaplaincy will have completed this unique seminar.
The seminar itself is taught by faculty representatives from The Sanford School of Medicine, Augustana College, Sioux Falls Seminary, South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, University of Sioux Falls, and by health care professionals representing organizations such as Avera Clinical Pastoral Education, Avera McKennan Hospice & Palliative Care, and Sanford Hospice.
Typical Schedule of Events:
The content for the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Seminar is divided into five sessions:
||Living the reality of dying; Doing a home visit; Being in a team|
||Non-pain symptom management|
||Cultural & spiritual diversity at End-of-Life|
||Legal/ethical issues & advance directives|
Each afternoon is planned accordingly:
||Home Hospice Visit (with travel time)
Preparation for Discussion of Readings / Debriefing
|4:00-5:00||Debriefing and Small Group Discussion|
Readings and special instructions are provided to the students through Moodle. At the first session, students are assigned a partner for the home visits, and interdisciplinary groups (typically comprised of students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and chaplaincy ministry) are fashioned for the debriefing and discussion conversations.
Sioux Falls meets on Tuesday afternoons at the Sioux Falls Seminary (2100 S. Summit Ave.)
- Seminar I – September 11,18, 25 October 2, 9, 2012
- Seminar II – January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 2013
- Seminar III – March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013
Rapid City holds its pre-sessions at the Hospice House, 224 Elk Street. The remaining sessions are held at the Rapid City Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at 640 Flormann Street, Suite 120.
- Seminar I – July 10, 17, 24, 31 August 7, 2012 [Pre-session July 9]
- Seminar II - November 6, 13, 20, 27 - December 4, 2012 [Pre-session November 5]
- Seminar III - March 19, 26 - April 2, 9, 16, 2013 [Pre-session March 18]