NAME OF MEDICAL SCHOOL:

Cardiff University

Medical school lead for undergraduate medical education in palliative care:

Name:

Melanie Jefferson

Postal Address:

University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park , Cardiff CF14 4XW

Email:

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Telephone:

02920 743377

Teaching PA name:

Jill Harris

Teaching PA email:

 

Teaching PA telephone:

As above

Lead palliative care clinician for undergraduate medical education (if different to above):

Name:

 

Postal Address:

 

Email:

 

Telephone:

 

Teaching PA name:

 

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Is palliative care a compulsory part of the course?

Yes

 

If yes, how many hours are timetabled?

12 hours exclusively palliative care

Is palliative care examined in Finals exams or at other points in the course?

Yes

 

If yes, please give details:

In Int and Final MB

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMME

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Currently palliative care teaching is interweaved through the curriculum with the bulk of class teaching and placement in palliative care units in both years 3 and 5 (the latter being part of the medicine in the community block). All students also follow a cancer patient through their cancer journey for 6 months from diagnosis which may include elements of palliative care in year 3. There are opportunities in year 3 and 5 to study a special study module in palliative care for those with a special interest.

 The curriculum has just changed from Sept 2013 and so the details of the palliative care component of the curriculum are not yet firmly established. It is envisaged that a large proportion of the teaching will be part of the oncology block in year 3 where students will follow patients through diagnosis and treatment with a wide perspective on the psychosocial issues and ethical issues that may co-exist. It is expected as part of this block students will have a placement in small groups in a palliative care unit based in the area where their attachment is.

The problem based learning approach to the curriculum will allow further experience of palliative care in later years of the curriculum