Integrative Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care Program:

Two Formats Available: Self-Paced "FastTrack", or CE/CME Format with 1 Credit

• Help your patients have effective whole-person care.
• Gain new confidence in recommending integrative therapies.
• Increase patient and family satisfaction with your services.
• Help your organization be a leader in Integrative Care.

Learn about current uses of acupuncture in hospice and palliative care settings from leading experts in the field. This comprehensive online course offers exclusive content by Gary Deng, MD, PhD, acupuncturist, researcher and Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

What You'll Learn in This Course

You will learn everything you need to know about making evidence-informed recommendations of acupuncture in hospice and palliative care settings.

Topics include:

  • Theory and mechanisms of action
  • Common uses in palliative care populations
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Safety precautions
  • Logistical and practical needs for delivery
  • Cost and payment strategies
  • Credentialing of providers
  • Evidence for symptoms seen in palliative care
  • Common questions and myths
  • How to communicate about the modality with patients, family members and colleagues

The course also gives you resource links to more detailed information and key studies, and a downloadable evidence table (PDF) summarizing key studies on use with common symptoms seen in palliative care, with PubMed links and a grading system for confidence in treatment recommendations.

Proven Impact on Practice!

This course is one of nine that form the Integrative Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care ProgramThe National Cancer Institute sponsored the original development and evaluation of this educational program. In a randomized controlled trial with 170 physicians, nurses, social workers and other palliative care professionals, the program led to highly significant changes in practice behaviors that promote integrative care. Publication of study results is forthcoming, and will mark this as the first online continuing education course with documented impact on practice behaviors that promote integrative care.

Guest Faculty


Gary Deng, MD, PhD

Dr. Deng is Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, where he leads a multidisciplinary team providing supportive cancer care. A member of MSKCC's Research Council, he was President of the Society for Integrative Oncology and has led numerous studies in acupuncture and other integrative therapies in palliative care. He has authored review articles and medical textbook chapters on integrative medicine, and heads the integrative medicine physician training program, supervising medical students, residents and fellows.

Course Directors

Leila Kozak, PhD and William Collinge, PhD, MPH, founders of IPCI and principal investigators of the NCI-sponsored research, created the content and developed the collaborations for the Integrative Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care Program

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Leila Kozak, PhD

Director of IPCI

She has led NIH- and VA-funded research and implementation projects on integrative therapies in supportive cancer and palliative care, hospice and geriatrics. A former Whole Health Champion for the VA's Office of Patient-Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, she has taught integrative care at medical, nursing and psychology schools.

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William Collinge, MPH, PhD, LCSW

Associate Director of IPCI

He has led NIH-funded studies on integrative therapies, mental health, palliative care and caregiver education. He has been a scientific review administrator for NIH and the DoD, has clinical background in both integrative oncology and community mental health, and has taught at several universities.

Two Formats Available

Self-Paced "FastTrack": For those who don't need CE/CME credits. Learn at your own pace, and stream all content without quizzes or tests.

CE/CME Format: Receive 1 CE/CME credit from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), a Jointly Accredited Provider of Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. See full details on accreditations here.

Enrollment Options

This Course

Self-Paced "FastTrack" Format: $39

CE/CME Format: See NHPCO Options.

All Program Courses

To enroll in or learn more about an individual course just click its link below. Contact us for more information or support.

Course 1: Introduction to Integrative Palliative Care

Course 2: Acupuncture

Course 3: Aromatherapy

Course 4: Biofield Therapies

Course 5: Expressive Arts Therapies

Course 6: Massage and Touch Therapy Interventions

Course 7: Mind-Body and Contemplative Therapies

Course 8: Movement-Based Therapies

Course 9: Transforming the Culture of Care