TEACHING PALLIATIVE CARE TO 4TH YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

DESCRIPTION: (Applicant's Description) A fourth year clerkship is
proposed in which medical students will learn how to manage medical
problems in palliative care and how to function as a member of an
interdisciplinary hospice team. Students will also be taught skills
in dealing with emotional, spiritual, and communication issues as well
as how to address family needs and those of the patient. The four-
week clerkship will include: 1) a problem- based learning seminar in
which students study medical care in patients with advanced cancer
and emotional, social, economic, and spiritual issues in palliative
care; 2) a family caregiver seminar in which students learn about
family problems and needs and how to guide family caregivers in
solving caregiving problems and how to work cooperatively with health
professionals as members of the health care team; 3) a death and loss
seminar in which students read material about dying, view films on
this subject, reflect on their own feelings, and carry out assignments
to observe and write about family dynamics and communications issues in
their field experiences; 4) attendance at hospice team meetings; 5)
accompany hospice physicians, nurses, and social workers on home
visits; 6) meet with a family to teach and support them in solving
caregiving problems; and 7) function as a home health aide and provide
respite care for a hospice patient. The course is unique in its use
of problem-based learning, in having students teach problem-
solving skills to family caregivers, and by closely linking
students' reflection about emotional and spiritual issues through
field experiences with patients and families who are confronting those
issues. The design of this clerkship and the educational materials
developed for it are easily exportable to other medical school
curricula.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/30/948/31/99

Funding

  • National Cancer Institute