Journal: Family Medicine Author: Simmons BB, Petrie A, Gracely E. Publication Date: Apr 2018 Volume Number: 50 Issue: 4 Page Numbers: 287-290
Hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) is one of three Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited clinical subspecialties available to family medicine graduates for fellowship training. Despite this, training is not currently a curriculum requirement. We have pioneered a required 4-week palliative medicine rotation into the curriculum.

Twenty-eight residents who completed the palliative medicine rotation across four classes were surveyed to assess how the rotation improved their level of comfort with providing end-of-life (EOL) care and to demonstrate the need of formal palliative medicine training. Wilcoxon signed ranks test was used to detect statistical differences between the mean level of comfort of residents pre- and postrotation with providing the basic skills needed to practice HPM.

Support links: