, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 436-443
Date: 08 May 2011

Creative Solution for Implementation of Experiential, Competency-Based Palliative Care Training for Internal Medicine Residents

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Abstract

To graduate internal medicine residents with basic competency in palliative care, we employ a two-pronged strategy targeted at both residents and attending physicians as learners. The first prong provides a knowledge foundation using web-based learning programs designed specifically for residents and clinical faculty members. The second prong is assessment of resident competency in key palliative care domains by faculty members using direct observation during clinical rotations. The faculty training program contains Competency Assessment Tools addressing 19 topics distributed amongst four broad palliative care domains designed to assist faculty members in making the clinical competency assessments. Residents are required to complete their web-based training by the end of their internship year; they must demonstrate competency in one skill from each of the four broad palliative care domains prior to graduation. Resident and faculty evaluation of the training programs is favorable. Outcome-based measures are planned to evaluate long-term program effectiveness.

This study was presented in part at the 2010 International Cancer Education Conference of the American Association for Cancer Education, the European Association for Cancer Education, and the Cancer Patient Education Network, San Diego, CA, October 2010