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End-of-Life Care Curriculum for Medical Teachers

Until recently, end-of-life care (ELC) has been neglected in physician training. A number of studies show serious deficiencies in end-of-life care, both in the U.S. and in other countries. This has resulted in bad dying experiences for patients, their families, physicians and other health care workers. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Stanford Faculty Development Center (SFDC) developed a 16-hour faculty development course incorporating basic material designed to be used by physicians in any area of expertise. This web-based curriculum is an adaptation of materials developed for that course.

The overall goals of the End-of-Life Care Curriculum for Medical Teachers are to enhance physician skills in ELC, foster a commitment to improving care for the dying, improve the dying experience for patients, families, and health care providers, and improve teaching related to ELC.

Originally each topic was designed to be covered in a two-hour interactive and didactic seminar. You may wish to teach only portions of a seminar or to use parts of the material in different combinations. Please familiarize yourself with the section "How to use this curriculum" in the Teacher's Handbook to help you make the most of the instructional methods for potential challenges in teaching that particular segment of the material.

The web version also includes links to relevant portions of the online version of the companion book, "Palliative Care Perspectives," by James Hallenbeck, MD. The book text provides an additional level of detail that complements the higher-level teaching points included in the PowerPoint slides.

Palliative Care Perspectives

James L. Hallenbeck, M.D.

This book cover book by palliative care expert James Hallenbeck makes an excellent companion text for the curriculum. It was developed in parallel with the teaching materials and provides a greater level of detail on topics that are summarized in the PowerPoint presentations.

The book also may be read independently from the curriculum as a general introduction to concepts and practices for palliative care. Hallenbeck links real stories of illness with practical advice, giving a realistic picture of clinical practice in a way that reflects the daily concerns of clinicians.

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Copyright © 2003 by Oxford University Press, Inc. The online version of this book is used with permission of the publisher and author on web sites affiliated with the Inter-Institutional Collaborating Network on End-of-life Care (IICN), sponsored by Growth House, Inc.

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