News and Discussions

Portrait of Dr. Sharon Hamill

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the monthly meeting of the Riverside County Medical Association about the state of palliative care education and the need for more crucial conversations about palliative care in both healthcare settings and in the community. A fundamental concern is how to address the growing numbers of people living with serious illness and how to support them and their families.

MaryCarol Reeder

A clinical director of palliative medicine and leader in the growth of palliative care in San Diego has been named the 2023 recipient of the Doris A. Howell Award for Advancing Palliative Care, presented annually by the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care.

Portrait of Dr. Sharon Hamill

The year was 1987. It was December and most people were busy hurrying from shopping to holiday parties to religious observances, preparing with great anticipation for the celebrations to come. Thoughts of what to make for the holiday dinner or how to get all of the gifts wrapped in time consumed most of their days.

Jerry's Place Planning Group

California State University, Monterey Bay, located near the state’s central coast, is a long-term campus partner of the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care. I have served as the faculty director and am involved with various palliative care initiatives on our campus and surrounding community. One such initiative I would like to highlight is Jerry’s Place, a program through the Jerry Rubin Foundation for Cancer Care.


Can You See Me?

As individuals and organizations committed to palliative care education and services, we know that there is a great deal of misunderstanding about palliative care among the public. People often confuse palliative care with hospice and many believe that palliative care is only for those who are terminally ill.

Smiling nurse and patient in conversation

I share this story to remind us that it is not so much what we say but the way we make people feel that determines the quality of the experience that patients and families carry with them on their illness journeys. Palliative Care professionals are in the perfect position to create positive feelings, even in difficult conversations.

Sharing Resources

The many strengths of palliative care: communication, advance care planning, pain and symptom management, and psychosocial/spiritual support—are needed more than ever. These free resources explore palliative care topics and strategies designed to inspire exceptional whole person care. Stay engaged with us to access new resources as they become available.

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Telemedicine Training Videos with National Experts

Learn practical tips and strategies for using telemedicine to connect with patients in any practice setting in these one-hour free videos featuring experts in tele-health and serious illness care.

These recordings, from a series of live open forums made possible with support from the California Health Care Foundation, are facilitated by Michael Fratkin, MD, and Brian Mistler, PhD, of ResolutionCare Network

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Session 1
Featuring Michael Fratkin, MD, Brian Mistler, PhD, and Jennifer Ballentine, MA
Session 2
Featuring Mike Rabow, MD, FAAHPM, Professor of Clinical Medicine, and Associate Chief of Education & Mentoring in the Division of Palliative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Session 3
Featuring Dana Lustbader, MD, FAAHPM, Division Chief of Palliative Medicine at ProHEALTH in New York.
Session 4
Featuring Brook Calton, MD, MHS, a palliative care specialist, program developer, and educator at UCSF Medical Center Division of Palliative Medicine.
Session 5
Featuring Judy Long, MA, MS, a palliative care chaplain with UCSF’s Symptom Management Service and UCSF’s Parkinson’s Disease Supportive Care Clinic.
Session 6
Featuring Claritza Rios, MD, a physician leader in Northern California with extensive experience in emergency medicine, telemedicine, and palliative care.

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APRN Certificate in
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Thursday, September 14 at 3:00pm (PDT) via Zoom


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and Affordability

The CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care works hard to make our high-quality education affordable to all. Our Palliative Care Course Scholarships provide current healthcare professionals a chance to receive palliative care education and provide better quality care.
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Annual Scholarships

We generally offer a limited number of scholarships to health professionals once a year. The full cost of tuition in any Institute course will be funded by philanthropist Darlene Marcos Shiley and from other sources to provide training that can enhance care for patients and families.

Our next scholarship campaign will start in Spring, 2024. Click the link below to join our interest list. We will reach out to you and provide a link with application instructions.

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Healthcare Professionals

If you need assistance covering the cost of tuition now, we have payment plans for some courses and discounts for members of certain organizations.

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