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Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 Jul 23;31(6):636-640. [Epub ahead of print]

A Mixed Methodology Retrospective Analysis of the Learning Experience of Final Year Medical Students Attached to a 1-Week Intensive Palliative Care Course Based at an Australian University.

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  • 1Department of Palliative Care, Calvary Mater Newcastle, Warabrook, New South Wales , Australia The University of Newcastle, New South Wales , Australia Central Coast Palliative Care Services, New South Wales , Australia vickie.tai@health.nsw.gov.au.
  • 2Department of Palliative Care, Calvary Mater Newcastle, Warabrook, New South Wales , Australia The University of Newcastle, New South Wales , Australia.

Abstract

AIMS:

To assess the experiences in an established 1-week palliative care placement for final year medical students attending the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

DESIGN:

A retrospective, mixed methodology, consecutive cohort. Student data collected included satisfaction feedback scores, open-ended questions and palliative medicine multiple-choice results before and after their 1-week placement.

RESULTS:

Although there were high satisfaction ratings and objective improvements (P < .001) seen in multiple-choice quiz scores, a subset did not improve. Practical issues such as prescribing, opioid use, and conversions were particularly valued by students. More teaching time and practical experience were requested.

DISCUSSION:

Given the importance of palliative care teaching within a medical degree, the results suggest continued development and review of palliative medical education are essential.

© The Author(s) 2013.

KEYWORDS:

medical students; palliative care; palliative medicine

PMID:
23884901
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