VCU Massey Cancer Center


Palliative care training

The Palliative Care Leadership Center at VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of just eight exemplary sites in the U.S. offering training through the national Palliative Care Leadership Center Initiative. An international-award-winner in providing palliative care and pain management for patients with chronic illnesses, Massey trains clinicians and administrators from hundreds of other institutions on developing and delivering this important form of care.

Palliative care teams from small and large hospitals may attend two-day, on-site training sessions and receive a full year of phone mentoring.

During the training session, PCLC faculty assist teams in developing business plans, conducting financial analyses and designing a program structure and implementation plan for their palliative care service.

Unique attributes of Massey’s Palliative Care Leadership Center

  • Our program is part of an NCI-designated cancer center and serves both cancer patients and other hospital patients.
  • We operate as an inpatient unit and offer consult and outpatient services.
  • We have extensive experience in making the financial case for palliative care.
  • We have long-standing experience serving medically underserved, minority and low-income patients.
  • Our program is one of three among 1,500 to win the prestigious Circle of Life award from the American Hospital Association, and is one of two in the U.S. to be a European Society of Medical Oncology Designated Center for Integrated Palliative Care and Oncology.

Our training sessions are most appropriate for academic medical centers and cancer centers. For information on upcoming training sessions, contact Carrie Cybulski at or (804) 628-1918.

Learn more about Massey's Palliative Care Program.