2015 Pediatric End of Life Issues: Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning

This one hour activity will discuss the role of pediatric palliative care and who is eligible. Specific tools are provided to empower the clinician to initiate end of life care discussions with patients and their families, aid the family in advance care planning, and support the family after the death of their child. Concepts will be illustrated through real interviews depicting families’ struggles with end of life care. Videos were produced by the courageous parents network.

This online interactive educational activity is designed to meet the criteria for risk management study in Massachusetts,including credit for end of life care while providing clinicians with practical knowledge which can be applied to their day to day practice. Information is geared specifically towards the treatment of pediatric patients and their families.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for pediatric practitioners.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Describe the role of pediatric palliative care 
2. Select patients who would benefit from pediatric palliative care services and describe resources available to families 
3. Demonstrate an increased ability to initiate and discuss end of life issues with patients and their families

Additional Information

Provided by: 

MassGeneral for Children and Partners HealthCare
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
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Ben Nelson, MDCourse Director
Massachusetts General Hospital for Children 
Dr. Nelson received his medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed his pediatric residency and pulmonary fellowship at MGH. He is currently a board certified pediatric pulmonologist. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he is the program director for the pediatric pulmonary fellowship at MGHfC and the associate director for continuing medical education. 

Pat O’Malley, MD 
Massachusetts General Hospital for Children 
Dr. O’Malley is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, and pediatric palliative care. She is the pediatric emergency department unit chief emerita at MGH, and now serves as the medical director for pediatric palliative care services at MGHfC.

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

Partners HealthCare System designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



This activity is designed to meet the criteria for risk management study in Massachusetts, including credit for end of life care.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation


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For questions regarding registration, please contact Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development at PartnersCPD@partners.org

Required Hardware/software

It is recommended to use Google Chrome as your default browser. Other browsers may work; however, are not officially supported.

Hardware/Software Specifications: 
This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Optimal System Configuration: 
Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 13+, Internet Explorer 9.0+, Safari 13+, or Google Chrome 16+
Operating System: Windows Vista,7,8 or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements: 
Windows PC: 
Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent with 2.33 GHz processor; Windows XP; 512 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 4+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 128MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit