NAME OF MEDICAL SCHOOL:

University of Birmingham

Medical school lead for undergraduate medical education in palliative care:

Name:

Dr Lucia Birch

Postal Address:

176 Raddlebarn Road

Selly Park

Birmingham. B29 7DA

Email:

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Telephone:

0121 17528793

Teaching PA name:

Debbie Dyoss

Teaching PA email:

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Teaching PA telephone:

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How many hours are timetabled for palliative care on your course?

The knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to palliative care are taught iteratively throughout the course. For example, in the first three years students learn about: sociological, legal and ethical aspects of dying and bereavement; communication skills; pharmacology; patient journey with long term or life limiting condition.

There are then 3 days focused on “specialist” palliative care in the 4th year. These are delivered in Hospice or community based teams and include lectures, facilitated small group work and “bedside” teaching/learning with patients and families. There is strong emphasis on person centeredness and MDT working.

Also in the 4th year, there is focused teaching on breaking bad news, recognising and responding to palliative care needs including end of life care in Community Based Medicine tutor groups. .

How is palliative care examined in Finals and at other points on your course?

MCQ and OSCE questions in 4th and 5th years

 

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMME

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