Enhancing the hospice curriculum within the family medicine clerkship

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

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*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.


Fam Med. 2009 Apr;41(4):240-2.

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Family medicine

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