(May 2016) The nation’s healthcare providers are ill-prepared for the oncoming “silver tsunami” - 75 million baby boomers entering their senior years needing individualized care and help making medical decisions, says CU professor Amos Bailey, MD.
“Workforce estimates suggest that we will need 10,000 to 15,000 providers to meet demand for palliative care services,” Bailey says. “Medical fellowship programs train about 300 fellows a year and graduate nursing programs are educating a similar number. We’ll never get there through that route.”
Bailey, who came to Colorado in 2014 after two decades in palliative care at the University of Alabama Birmingham, met with Anschutz Medical Campus leaders to create and fund the nation’s first interprofessional master of science in palliative care degree for physicians, pharmacists, nurses and physician assistants.
Designed by the CU Graduate School for the mid-career provider, the first cohort of about 25 students starts this fall. The Interprofessional Master of Science in Palliative Care
will prepare providers to become Palliative Care Community Specialists and focuses on advancing clinical knowledge, using evidence in building palliative care practice and communication skills. An Interprofessional Palliative Care Certificate will also be available by completing the first 12 credit hours.