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Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2008 Oct-Nov;25(5):354-60. doi: 10.1177/1049909108319263. Epub 2008 Sep 23.

End-of-life care curricula in undergraduate medical education: a comparison of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine 04005, USA.


End-of-life care curricula in osteopathic medical schools were compared with allopathic school offerings. An 8-question online survey of undergraduate medical education administrators at all United States osteopathic medical schools (n = 26) and 26 allopathic schools geographically closest to them was conducted in 2007. Responses from 80% (n = 21) of osteopathic schools and 77% (n = 20) of allopathic schools revealed that both osteopathic and allopathic medical schools offered end-of-life care education. Of note is that 71% of the osteopathic medical school respondents had a course that concentrates on end-of-life care compared with 37% of allopathic school respondents (P = .03). This disparity in percentages may be due to a number of reasons, 2 of which may include course identification methods and the primary care orientation and philosophy inherent in osteopathic medical schools.

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