Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 120–126 | Cite as

An overview of the ACE project—Advocating for Clinical Excellence: Transdisciplinary palliative care education

  • Shirley Otis-GreenEmail author
  • Betty Ferrell
  • Maren Spolum
  • Gwen Uman
  • Patricia Mullan
  • Reverend Pamela Baird
  • Marcia Grant


Background. Excellence in palliative care demands attention to the multidimensional aspects of patient and family suffering, yet too few psycho-oncology professionals report adequate preparation in this vital area. Methods. A total of 148 competitively selected psychologists, social workers, and spiritual care professionals participated in intensive educational courses to enhance their palliative care delivery, leadership, and advocacy skills. Extensive process and outcome evaluations measured the effectiveness of this educational program. Results. To date, 2 national courses have been completed. The courses received strong overall evaluations, with participants rating increased confidence in defined palliative care skills. Conclusions. The initial results of this innovative National Cancer Institute-funded transdisciplinary training for psycho-oncology professionals affirm the need and feasibility of the program. See the Advocating for Clinical Excellence Project Web site ( for additional course information.


Palliative Care National Comprehensive Cancer Network National Quality Forum Spiritual Assessment Advocacy Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shirley Otis-Green
    • 1
    Email author
  • Betty Ferrell
    • 1
  • Maren Spolum
    • 1
  • Gwen Uman
    • 2
  • Patricia Mullan
    • 3
  • Reverend Pamela Baird
    • 4
  • Marcia Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.City of Hope/Beckman Research InstituteDuarte
  2. 2.Vital Research, LLCLos Angeles
  3. 3.University of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn Arbor
  4. 4.Community End-of-Life ConsultantArcadia

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