Interprofessional Palliative Care

This program facilitates small teams of interprofessional students learning about the importance of collaborative partnerships between all care providers to ensure access to and quality and continuity of palliative care for persons with serious illness and at the end of life. Students from different health professions work together from January – April to learn how to engage in true interprofessional education (IPE) to enable effective collaboration to improve health outcomes for those receiving palliative care. Teams work together on case-based discussions and presentations, and there is an opportunity to observe Jefferson’s Palliative Care team rounds and to shadow a Jefferson palliative care provider.

With the mentorship of faculty and clinical advisors, participating students will be responsible for learning the essential principles of palliative care and participate with the Jefferson Palliative Care team in designated patient-related activities. In addition, students will be completing an online curriculum, organizing team meetings, and interacting with the Jefferson Palliative Care team. 

After completing the program, participants can expect to better understand the roles and responsibilities of different team members in providing palliative care, as well as how to utilize communication skills with patients with serious illness and at the end of life, as well as with their caregivers.

Application Process

Prior to applying to participate in the Student Palliative Care program, please be sure to fully review this document. To apply, please

  1.  Complete the application and 
  2. Sign, scan and upload the Participant Agreement form (found on page 3) by Tuesday November 22, 2022.  

Please contact if you wish to explore receiving academic credit for participating in this program, or if you have any questions.

There is an information session on Monday, November 7th at 5pm via Zoom. (link to come)  If you cannot attend, please email and we can send you the recording.


Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Program Kick-Off:  Thursday, January 12th 2023 @ 5pm

Wednesday April 5th, 2023 @ 5pm (poster presentations)

Program Leads

Student Roles & Responsibilities

  • Attend the following required program events: Kick-Off and Wrap-Up (dates listed below)
  • Attend bi-weekly team meetings via video conferencing with faculty team leads and discuss case-studies, course content, and findings from patient meetings as applicable
  • Observe an actual palliative care team meeting with debriefing
  • Communicate with Palliative Care Coordinator ( and research team to complete pre/post surveys and any other evaluation duties as assigned
  • Complete online curriculum and team assignments
  • If applicable, participate in in-person observation of the palliative care team inpatient service.
  • Complete and present a team research presentation about your experience during the program


  • Describe the principles of palliative care
  • Implement the concepts of interprofessional teamwork
  • Apply the principles of palliative care in collaborating with healthcare professionals to generate potential care solutions for palliative care patients
  • Analyze and evaluate palliative care and interprofessional teamwork through a research presentation

Time Commitment

Variable (2-4 hours/week)