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Twelve tips for developing palliative care teaching in an undergraduate curriculum for medical students

Boland, Jason W.; Barclay, Stephen; Gibbins, Jane

Authors

Jason W. Boland

Stephen Barclay

Jane Gibbins

Abstract

Palliative care is the holistic care of patients with advanced, progressive incurable illness. Palliative care is well recognized as an essential component of medical student curricula. However, teaching is variable within medical schools. Using current literature, these tips aim to highlight key points necessary to facilitate the development and delivery of palliative care teaching to medical students. The key practice points include: clinical exposure to patients with palliative care needs and those that are dying, being compulsory (and integrated) across the course, summative and formative assessments to encourage learning, support from within the university for curricular time and development, visits to a hospice/inpatient palliative care facility, emphasis on clinically based learning later in the course, teaching by specialists in palliative care as well as specialists in other areas including Family Doctors/General Practitioners, innovative teaching methods and inter-professional learning to develop teaching.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Medical Teacher
Print ISSN 0142-159X
Electronic ISSN 1466-187X
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-7
Institution Citation Boland, J. W., Barclay, S., & Gibbins, J. (in press). Twelve tips for developing palliative care teaching in an undergraduate curriculum for medical students. Medical Teacher, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159x.2018.1533243
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159x.2018.1533243
Keywords Education; General Medicine
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0142159X.2018.1533243
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Medical teacher on 28/01/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/0142159X.2018.1533243