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The Geriatric Palliative Care Curriculum provides advanced interdisciplinary healthcare practitioners with foundational knowledge and skills to provide a unique approach to the palliative care of older adults, including:

  • Disease management with compassionate caring,
  • Maintaining optimum functional abilities in the presence of protracted illness,
  • Promoting quality of life, and
  •  Anticipating and preparing for peaceful death in the midst of chronic disease.

Faculty/Content Experts for the Geriatric Palliative Care Curriculum and Disclosure of Financial Relationships

  • PI: Beverly Lunsford, PhD, CNS-BC, RN
  • CoPI: Philip Blatt, PT, PhD, NCS
  • Director of Instructional Design: Laurie Posey, EdD
  • Cheryl Arenella MD, MPH 
  • Jacqueline Barnett, MSHS, PA-C
  • Barbara L. Bouton, MS, FT
  • Elizabeth Cobbs, MD  
  • Mary Corcoran, PhD, OTR/L,FAOTA
  • Namirah Jamshed, MD
  • Jean, Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Laurie Lyons, MA
  • Paul Tschudi, Ed.S, MA, LPC

The Faculty/Content Experts have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

 Palliative Care Network

Special Thanks to the Palliative Care Network


Technical Requirements

Getting Started

  1. First, create an account; then follow these instructions to enroll, complete the module and print your certificate: How to Navigate the GePaC Curriculum.
  2. We are currently evaluating these modules for their value in graduate education. Click here to learn more about this study.


Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available for physicians. A Certificate of Participation for Non-Physician Healthcare Professionals is available for physician assistants, advance practice nurses, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals.

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 the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and The George Washington University School of Nursing and School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Privacy, Confidentiality and Ownership 

GW SON, which oversees the CME in the GEPaC Program, respects and values your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you share with us. We are committed to the protection of this information and will assure your privacy when participating in CME activities.

GW SON’s website and professional education activities are structured so you can visit casually without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. Once you choose to provide personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified), you can be assured that it will only be used in relation to CME activities in which you have chosen to engage.

If you decide to register for one of our online CME programs/activities, we will collect personal information that you voluntarily share with us. GW SON keeps confidential any personal information that you provide to us. The personal information you provide is stored in a secure location and only authorized GW SON personnel managing the CME activities you are taking are able to access it. We do not share registrants' information with other institutions, except as may be required by law.

If a fee is charged, registrants can pay online and will be asked for credit card information. These transactions are encrypted before transmission over the Internet.

When you participate in a CME activity, you may be required to complete a knowledge test or other activities designed to measure your command of the education provided. In addition, you will be required to evaluate the CME activity, providing feedback about its educational value to you. GW SON uses the information to better understand learners’ needs and provide improved service and activities in the future.

GW SON is committed to ensuring the security of your information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Provider Contact Information


  • If you have questions about the Internet CME activity, please email

Ownership/Copyright Statement

All right, title and interest (including all copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights) in this curriculum belong to GW SON.

  • Date of Original Release: December 15, 2012
  • Last Review Date: December 15, 2015
  • Termination Date: December 15, 2018



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