Advance Care Planning

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Course Description

Course Goal - As of 2018, this module is now inactive and is no longer available for credit.

To educate health care providers on how to comfortably communicate the importance of advance care planning by being able to identify pitfalls and limitations and describe the planning process and roles of patient, proxy, clinician and others to the patient.

Target Audience

This online educational program is intended for primary-care providers, fellows and residents.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Define advance care planning and explain its importance
  • Describe the steps of the advance care planning process
  • Describe the role of the patient, proxy, clinician and others
  • Identify pitfalls and limitations in advance care planning

Planning Committee & Disclosures

The following planners and presenters (or their spouses/domestic partners) have/had no financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Carla Ainsworth, M.D., Course Chair
Caye Boosalis, MEd, CME Manager
Margo Bykonen, R.N
Janice Connolly, M.D.
Warren Fein, M.D.
Jennifer Graham
Mary Haplin, R.N.
Ellyn M. Lee, M.D.
Rose Mullins, CME Specialist

Commercial Support

No commercial support was used in the development of this CME activity.


Accreditation Information

Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


General Information

System Requirements

  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or later
  • Internet Browser: Chrome, Firefox or Safari; Please note that the assessment quiz will not currently work in Internet Explorer 10 and 11.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resolve the problem.  Please do not use either of those browsers to complete this module.
  • To print your Certificate of Completion at the end, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Follow the instructions on that page to download and install the software.  


This is a self-learning program that requires reading the materials provided and answering questions related to the content. The learner must complete all answers accurately in order to successfully complete the course. The participant will then be directed to a website to log in for CME credit.
Estimated Time to Complete: 60 minutes


Additional resources for each module are available at the end of the reading materials.

Important Dates

Release Date: Starting  January 1, 2015
End Date: December 31, 2017

Contact Information

Swedish CME: 206-386-2755 or

Privacy & Confidentiality

The department of Continuing Medical Education at Swedish Medical Center is committed to protecting the privacy of those who utilize its Web site. The CME department will not release individual information about use of its site, including visitor e-mail addresses, to any third party. We will not transfer, sell or rent visitor e-mail addresses to any third party. The CME department may report general information about the activity to third parties.  We will report only aggregate statistics, for instance, total number of page views, overall duration of visits, or similar aggregate data. The CME Department at Swedish Medical Center has taken reasonable steps to keep all information secure against unauthorized access and use. We will review our privacy policy regularly. Please direct any questions about this privacy statement to Swedish CME.



Registration Fees

Swedish Medical Staff or Employee

No Charge

M.D. or D.O.


Allied Health Professionals


Resident or Fellows


Course Materials & Quiz

Course Materials
Please download and read the course materials by clicking on the 1st button below.  Please have pop-ups disabled as the pdf will open in a new window.  Please complete the reading before beginning the online quiz.  

Advance Care Planning Presentation

Online Quiz  - As of 2018, this module is no longer active for CME credit.

After you have read the materials, please click on the button below to begin the quiz.  If asked, "would you like to resume the quiz where you left off?", click "No."  The quiz will open in a new window. You must have pop up blockers disabled to view the quiz.

Advance Care Planning Quiz

After passing the quiz you will be directed to complete a CME evaluation of this activity, register to claim credit and print your CME certificate.  CME credit will only be granted if your quiz score is 100%.