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J Palliat Med. 2002 Apr;5(2):243-8.

Medical education in end-of-life care: the status of reform.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Deficiencies in education about end-of-life care are widely recognized, both in the "formal" or structured curriculum, and in the "informal" curriculum (the culture in which students are immersed as they learn medicine). Numerous approaches to addressing these deficiencies have been identified. These approaches include developing palliative care leaders; improving curricula; creating standards and a process for certification of competence; creating and enhancing educational resources for end-of-life education; faculty development; growing palliative care clinical programs as venues for education; textbook revision; and creating palliative care fellowship training opportunities. Current efforts in these areas are reviewed, and barriers to their implementation are highlighted.

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