Enhancing the hospice curriculum within the family medicine clerkship
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
*Clinical Clerkship; *Clinical Competence; Curriculum; Educational Measurement; Family Practice; *Hospice Care; Humans; Questionnaires
Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
BACKGROUND: Medical schools are improving end-of-life (EOL) care curricula; however, students rarely practice EOL communication skills in a safe learning environment.
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to study which curriculum improves students' ability to discuss hospice care.
METHODS: We conducted a study of six family medicine clerkship blocks; three taught with a didactic curriculum (A) and three with an interactive curriculum (B).
RESULTS: Students reported improvement in their skill and comfort in discussing hospice care in both groups. Subjectively more students commented on the instructiveness of curriculum B due to role-plays.
CONCLUSION: A variety of curricular methods helped students' confidence and self-reflection around hospice discussions in a comfortable environment.
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Citation: Fam Med. 2009 Apr;41(4):240-2.
Silk, Hugh; Weber, Catherine M.; and Dubreuil, Maureen, "Enhancing the hospice curriculum within the family medicine clerkship" (2009). Open Access Articles. 2130.