As an integrated palliative care provider, the Palliative Care Unit "Jenny Karezi” of the Medical School, University of Athens educates and trains health workers (doctors, nurses, psychologists) and human scientists in theoretical and clinical level, through seminars and educational programs that take place in our seminar room on the 4th floor of the building. The aim of these seminars and educational programs is to deliver the basic principles of Palliative Care and to expand the knowledge in this field. Moreover, health professionals from hospitals from all over the country are trained in our premises.
With regard to specialisation in Palliative Care a two year Master’s degree program entitled "Organization and Management in Palliative and Supportive care of chronically ill" is running. The MSc is organised by the Medical School of the University of Athens in collaboration with the department of Nursing School of the same university, and it was launched in February 2010. This MSc addresses to health professionals (doctors, nurses, psychologists) and human scientists and social professionals.
The aim of the MSc is to provide high quality graduate education, expertise and skills in the subject of Organization and Management of Palliative and Supportive Care of the Chronically Ill population. Specifically, the purpose of the post-graduate programme is to educate and refine young scientists on the wide and growing field of Palliative Care Supportive. The program combines theoretical knowledge, practical experience and clinical research. Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate after the completion of their studies will be:
• Able to participate in the organization structures that provide palliative and supportive care to chronically ill patients
• Able to appreciate the quality of palliative care and seek ways to improve it
• Able to adequately evaluate the reactions of the individual patient, which may include physical symptoms, functional limitations, psychosocial disorders, and recognise his need for information and education
• Able to responsibly to adjust the planning implementations, evaluation of care and functional rehabilitation program depending on each person’s needs
• Able to act as coordinator of Palliative and Supportive Care programs and cooperate harmoniously with all members of a multidimensional therapeutic health team
• able to advocate for the patient, providing the appropriate information and training for him and his family in order to achieve the best possible adaptation to changing conditions and to promote self-care, independence and autonomy
•able to successfully manage mental tension and professional lament generated in the workplace
• Able to cultivate moral and critical thinking so as to address the ethical challenges that may rise in clinical practice
• able to cultivate personal commitment to continuous quality improvement and to the reduction the cost of the palliative care by evaluating the services offered, the development of standards, the active participation in professional development activities, in research and in lifelong continuous education
The objectives of the program include the cultivation of investigative skills and the use of analytical and synthetic thinking governing holistic palliative care with the support of technology which is now in rapid growth. Finally, it is noted that a corresponding Under Graduate programme of studies is already given by Universities of the European Union while in our country there is no such possibility in the near future, although the necessity is undisputable due to the high numbers of chronically ill patients.
The teaching programme is 1200 hours of which 200 hours is clinical training and the total number of students attending the course is 20.