A Junior Doctor’s Perspective on Oncology and Palliative Medicine Education in Western Australia: Comparison Between Graduation and Completion of Internship
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Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia and is also the leading cause of disease burden as survivorship continues to improve. Given the prevalence of oncology patients in the community, it is likely to be a condition encountered by every junior doctor. Despite this oncology and in conjunction with that, palliative care has not been a core component of medical curriculum until recently. This means that the junior doctor experience is often complicated by lack of knowledge, poor understanding of the disease process, treatment options and complications and therefore makes managing these patients complicated and often an uncessarily stressful process. This reflective article explores current issues in cancer education, a reflection and comparison between pre- and post-internship experience and offers some potential solutions to these issues.
KeywordsCancer Education Palliative care
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