Applied therapeutics for palliative medicine: A course for junior doctors


Monday 8 January 2018
to Tuesday 19 June 2018

6 days over 6 months

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Palliative Care Section



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about this event

aims and objectives

The aim of this course is to provide a robust grounding in all aspects of therapeutics in palliative medicine. The course material is evidence based where possible so that participants become acquainted with the body of literature that relates to practice in this field.

Pharmacology is woven throughout the programme to ensure that participants have a thorough understanding of how drugs work and how they are handled by the body.

The course is highly interactive using a variety of teaching methods. The core group of tutors (Independent Teaching Group for Palliative Medicine, ITGPM) is supplemented by guest speakers.

Delegates should be able to attend all 6 days of this course.

target audience

This course is primarily aimed at 1st and 2nd year registrars in palliative medicine, but relevant for doctors training in oncology, care of the elderly and general practice, particularly those who have a special interest in palliative medicine.

course leader

Dr Clare Smith, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital

provisional programme content

Days 1, 2 and 3 of the course are framed around the World Health Organisation analgesic ladder, pharmacology of step I, II and III drugs and co-analgesics, current evidence base, and application in clinical practice. The programme is supplemented by talks on specialist topics from experts. These specialist topics vary from year to year and have included for example: management of seizures, pain control in substance misusers, pain physiology and cord compression.

Days 4, 5 and 6 are broadly themed. The three topic areas are: metabolic and endocrine abnormalities; gastro-intestinal day including management of nausea and vomiting and bowel obstruction; and drug management of anxiety, depression and terminal agitation. Included over the 3 days are specialist topics from expert speakers such as prescribing in patients with liver failure, renal impairment, recognition and management of delirium.

course dates

Day 1: Monday 8 January 2018
Day 2: Tuesday 6 February 2018
Day 3: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Day 4: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Day 5: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Day 6: Tuesday 19 June 2018

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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Hatty GrantTel: 02072902984 Email: arrow