The Professional Education Committee helps to identify professional practice gaps and educational needs; advise NHPCO staff on the development and delivery of professional development activities; and evaluate the effectiveness of NHPCO’s Educational and Professional Development programs.

The following subcommittees offer opportunities for enhanced involvement in Committee work (each Committee member serves on at least one):

      • Physician Education
      • Conference Planning (one for each conference)
      • Online Learning

The Professional Education Committee meets quarterly; subcommittees meet as needed.

Expectations of Committee Service

Time Commitment
Professional Education Committee Members should be prepared to spend 1-2 hours per month on committee work. Committee members serve two-year terms.

Meetings and Conference Calls
The Professional Education Committee meets quarterly via webinar. These meetings are scheduled for one hour.

The Committee meets in-person at NHPCO’s Leadership Conference and Interdisciplinary Conference. (NHPCO does not pay for travel-related expenses for Committee members. It is the member’s responsibility to assume any related travel expenses.)

Subcommittee Work
Committee members are expected to serve on at least one subcommittee, which include:

      • Conference Planning Subcommittees. There is one subcommittee for each conference. Subcommittees meet monthly for 3 – 4 months and spend 4 – 8 hours reviewing session proposals, over a period of 2 – 3 weeks.
      • Physician Education Subcommittee (meets quarterly)
      • Online Learning Committee members review courses nearing expiration and make recommendations on an ongoing basis.

General Committee Member Expectations

      • Meet deadlines agreed upon by the Committee.
      • Answer questions regarding Committee work from NHPCO members. NHPCO staff may refer member questions regarding Committee work to Committee members.
      • Participate in educational sessions and forums.
      • Work with the NHPCO staff and Committee chair to meet Committee goals.

Full Council member expectations can be found in the Guidelines for Committees and Councils.

Membership affiliation:
Any employee or volunteer of a Provider, Palliative Care, State, or Associate member of NHPCO is eligible to serve on a Committee or Council. Individuals must meet the membership eligibility requirement based on current membership status. NHPCO membership information is available at or by calling NHPCO’s Solutions Center at 800/646-6460.

Contact: Carrie Hoover,  571-412-3958.