Purpose of the Program

This 17 credit hour certificate program prepares students to practice as palliative care generalists upon graduation of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Students who complete the Palliative Care Certificate will possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to serve patients living with serious illness across the trajectory of life, in a variety of general pharmacy practice environments and non-palliative pharmacy specialties, including critical care, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and cardiology. This certificate also prepares graduates to pursue advanced post-graduate clinical training in palliative care and hospice, including palliative care residencies and fellowships.

Students who are accepted into the Palliative Care Certificate program and successfully complete all program requirements to demonstrate achievement of the program’s learning objectives will be awarded a certificate upon graduation from the UI College of Pharmacy.  Enrollment in and completion of the Palliative Care Certificate will be indicated on each student’s transcript.

Certificate Description

The Palliative Care Certificate encompasses successful completion of a unique body of work including three didactic elective courses, one experiential elective course (in palliative care, hospice, or pain management), and one longitudinal professional discovery course.

With the exception of the professional discovery course, credit hours earned as part of the certificate may be applied to concurrent completion of the PharmD degree.

Required Coursework

Electives in the Palliative Care Certificate are open to all PharmD students. Enrollment preference will be given to those students accepted into the certificate program.

Courses By Semester Offered and PharmD Year

Foundations of Palliative Care - Offered in spring. Open to P1s, P2s, P3s.   
Ethics and Spirituality in Healthcare - Offered in fall. Open to P2s, P3s.
Advanced Pharmacopalliation - Selective/APPE Block 1. Open to P3s.
Continuing Professional Development in Palliative Care - Longitudinal: Spring P2-Spring P3. Open to P2s and P3s.
     * This course is only available to students accepted into the Palliative Care Certificate Program.
APPE elective in Pain Management, Hospice, or Palliative Care - Selective/APPE Blocks 2-9. Open to P3s and P4s.

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Participating Faculty

Core Faculty:

James Ray, PharmD, CPE
James A. Otterbeck OnePoint Patient Care Clinical Associate Professor in Hospice and Palliative Care

Kashelle Lockman, PharmD, MA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Hospice and Palliative Care

PGY2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Resident

Interdisciplinary faculty will teach throughout the certificate curriculum to provide a variety of perspectives to pharmacy students.

How to Apply

To apply, students must email the below items to pharmacy-pallcare@uiowa.edu.  Once these items are received, interviews will be scheduled with a select group of students.  A maximum of 16 PharmD students will be admitted.  The deadline for submission is November 9, 2020.

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. One letter of recommendation from the student's College of Pharmacy faculty mentor
  4. One letter of recommendation from a professional reference outside the College of Pharmacy (e.g. employer, previous professor, coach, colleague or supervisor from a volunteer experience)

Please send all submission materials to pharmacy-pallcare@uiowa.edu

To learn more about the certificate program, please contact James Ray or Kashelle Lockman.