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First students graduate from European Palliative Care Academy

The European Palliative Care Academy (EPCA) celebrated the achievements of the first 20 graduating students from their Leadership Programme at a ceremony in Brasov, Romania on 2 May. 

The students from 14 European countries and several different professional backgrounds, completed the programme which comprises six modules  – Project Management, Personal Development, Research as Applied to Palliative Care, Team Work, and Advocacy – and  includes a personal project and an observation week at a European Institution of the participant’s choice. The modules are taught in four face-to-face teaching weeks, one at each of the partner institutions.

The graduation ceremony was attended by the EPCA Advisory Board including Professor Sheila Payne, President of the European Association for Palliative Care, Dr  Mary Callaway from the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) and Dr Frank D Ferris, Executive Director of Palliative Medicine from  the OhioHealth system, and Dr Jonathan Koffman and Dr Catherine Evans form the Cicely Saunders Institute.

The European Palliative Care Academy is a joint project of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the University Hospital Cologne, Germany; the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London, UK; the Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun, Poland; and Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov, Romania, in collaboration with the EAPC.