Semin Med Pract
Developing an institution-specific curriculum for palliative care
In response to societal interest in the care of dying patients, the medical community has begun to address the obligation to train physicians in the principles and practice of palliative care. Although several national organizations have developed standardized curricula for palliative care education and training, these curricula do not take into consideration the specific needs and resources of an individual institution. The author describes the creation, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of a palliative care curriculum for residents, which focuses on the unique clinical and educational needs and resources of Saint Vincents Hospital and Medical Center of New York. Standardized curricula and current literature were consulted to identify the core palliative care principles that should be taught, while focus groups, interviews, and surveys provided the necessary information to make the curriculum institution-specific.
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