Welcome to the online version of Critical Conversations: Facilitating Advance Care Planning in Health Care Settings. The purpose of this course is to provide current and future health care providers and auxiliary staff with the knowledge they need to engage patients in advance care planning (ACP). While the course provides some patient-oriented materials and resources, the majority of information and strategies discussed are meant to help the provider initiate and document clinical conversations regarding ACP. Additionally, the course focuses on working with healthy or chronically-ill patients as compared to terminally-ill patients. Conversations with terminally-ill patients and their loved ones are addressed in detail in other courses. For a full list of our educational offerings, please click here.
Key concepts covered in this course include:
- Understanding the benefits and impact of ACP.
- Initiating conversations about ACP with healthy or chronically-ill (as compared to terminally-ill) patients.
- Leading patients through every step of the ACP process.
- Documenting ACP effectively.
- Implementing effective policies and workflows for supporting ACP in health care settings.
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for current or future health care providers who are interested in engaging patients in ACP as part of routine health care practice.
How long will this course take me to complete?
This course consists of one online module designed to take 60 minutes to complete. However, there are no time limitations and you may choose to take longer or shorter than an hour depending on your baseline knowledge, depth of interest, and personal goals.
What will I be able to do after completing the course?
This course gives you everything you need to begin engaging patients in ACP. Additional resources will be provided to support your developing expertise. At the end of the experience, you will receive a certificate documenting your completion of the course.
Does this course count towards my Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements?
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of VCU Health Continuing Medical Education and Honoring Choices Virginia. VCU Health Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. VCU Health Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits or 1 Contact Hours ANCC credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
You must complete all of the required modules, forms, and course evaluation in order to be eligible for CME credit. Once you have completed the requirements, we will automatically submit all names to VCU for them to award CME credit. This will happen roughly once a month, starting at the end of November. VCU will be in touch with you about awarding credit from there.
There is no commercial support for this activity.
There is no in‐kind support for this activity.
Conflict of Interest Statement
Does this course have any associated costs?
Thanks to the generous support of the Virginia Center on Aging and the Geriatric Training & Education Center, this course is sponsored free of charge for a limited time. You will need to fill out a simple profile (including your name, contact information, and some basic demographic information) for the purpose of course completion tracking and CME allocation. Honoring Choices Virginia does not share participant information with third-party vendors. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Honoring Choices Virginia directly:
Honoring Choices Virginia
℅ Richmond Academy of Medicine
2821 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia 23294