Objective: This article describes an innovative 8-h training
program that provides clinicians with the competencies necessary to
conduct efficient, effective, and compassionate advance care planning
discussions throughout the trajectory of life-limiting illnesses.
Method: The Advance Care Training Program (ACare) includes 6
h of group workshops and 2 h of one-on-one faculty–learner
interaction. In this article, we describe the (1) objectives of ACare; (2)
structure, training procedures, and educational rationale of ACare
training; and (3) educational outcome studies in progress.
Results: ACare training in various forms has already been
provided to over 100 medical professionals (medical students, medical
residents, oncology and geriatric fellows, medical attendings, social
workers, and nurses). Formative outcome data indicate considerable trainee
satisfaction. Emerging summative outcome data indicate improved
Significance of results: Widespread adoption of the program
could increase the frequency and quality of advance care planning
discussions between patients with life-limiting illnesses, their health
care providers, and families.