Inadequacy of Palliative Training in the Medical School Curriculum

Abstract

This report examines the literature on palliative training in the current medical school curriculum. A literature search was conducted to identify relevant articles. Physicians and medical students both report feeling that their training in end-of-life care and in palliative issues is lacking. The literature expresses concerns about the varied and non-uniform approach to palliative care training across medical schools. The authors recommend the development of more palliative training assessment tools in order to aid in the standardization of curriculum involving end-of-life care. In addition, increased exposure to dying patients will aid students in building comfort with palliative care issues. Such a goal may be accomplished through required clerkships or other similar programs.

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The authors wish to thank the generous support of Bratty Family Fund, Michael and Karyn Goldstein Cancer Research Fund, Pulenzas Cancer Research Fund, Joseph and Silvana Melara Cancer Research Fund, and Ofelia Cancer Research Fund.

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Chiu, N., Cheon, P., Lutz, S. et al. Inadequacy of Palliative Training in the Medical School Curriculum. J Canc Educ 30, 749–753 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-014-0762-3

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Keywords

  • Palliative
  • Medical school
  • End-of-life
  • Training
  • Education