A 4-year integrated curriculum in palliative care for medical undergraduates

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21518705

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Authors:

Radwany SM, Stovsky EJ, Frate DM, Dieter K, Friebert S, Palmisano B, Sanders M

Institution:

Palliative Care and Hospice Services, Department of Medicine, Summa Health System and the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Akron, 44303, USA. radwanys@summahealth.org

Title:

A 4-year integrated curriculum in palliative care for medical undergraduates

Source

Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2011 Dec;28(8):528-35. Epub 2011 Apr 25

Abstract

In order to graduate physicians prepared to effectively address clinical issues in palliative medicine and to comply with LCME requirements, the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) integrated a coordinated four-year palliative care (PC) curriculum. This report describes the development of the longitudinal curriculum and provides helpful resources and strategies to guide clinicians and administrators undertaking similar efforts. This is a retrospective, descriptive report based on data collected throughout development of the new curriculum. A Palliative Care Advisory Committee initiated development of curricula in PC. An Office of Palliative Care was established to assess and coordinate offerings. Curriculum transformation was based on best practices. Two cornerstone pieces are highlighted: a mandatory hospice experience and a case based small group discussion prior to graduation.

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