Palliative Care Peer Observership Program

For clinical colleagues in Northern New England

The DHMC and Norris Cotton Cancer Center Palliative Care Service is offering a Peer Observership Program to support visiting clinicians in further developing their expertise in specific aspects of palliative care, including:

  • Advanced pain and symptom management
  • Communication strategies and approaches to psychosocial and spiritual counseling
  • Decision-making support for patients and families confronting difficult treatment options

The program applies principles of adult learning in providing opportunities for clinicians to observe and learn from the active, seasoned palliative care team at DHMC through peer-to-peer modeling, complemented by providing access to carefully selected readings, quick reference charts and tips. Specific resources for clinical care and program development are provided, including clinical protocols and strategies for approaching common programmatic problems.

In addition to these components, the "macro" context of the Observership experience conveys the efficiencies and effectiveness of practicing within an authentic interdisciplinary team. The schedule of visitors' days ensures time for reflection and conversation with the DHMC and Cancer Center faculty, and fosters the development of relationships for ongoing collegial interactions.

The program is being offered seven months of the year in one or two week blocks extending over a two-year period from September 21, 2010 to June 1, 2012. A maximum of two clinicians will be accepted into the program at any one time.


For a full description of the program including details on:

  • Objectives of the program
  • Who should attend
  • Faculty
  • Curriculum content
  • Scheduling options
  • Travel stipend awards
  • Application form and procedure

Please download the full Program Description and Application Form (PDF).

Due to generous support from Jane's Trust, there are no tuition fees for this educational program. Capacity is limited. Early application is encouraged.

For more information

Contact Yvonne Corbeil, Peer Observership Program Director, at or (603) 650-5402.