NAME OF MEDICAL SCHOOL:

Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry; (now becoming), University of Exeter Medical School

Medical school lead for undergraduate medical education in palliative care:

Name:

Tim Harlow

Postal Address:

Hospiscare, Dryden Road, Exeter, EX2 5JJ

Email:

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Telephone:

01392 688 000

Teaching PA name:

Justin Densham

Teaching PA email:

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Teaching PA telephone:

01392 688 036

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

Name:

Same

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Is palliative care a compulsory part of the course?

Yes

 

If yes, how many hours are timetabled?

9 week palliative care and oncology placement

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

Yes

 

If yes, please give details:

Included in repeated MCQ exams, and in weekly feedback session here students present patients

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMME

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9 week Palliative Care and Oncology placement in 4th year.  The Palliative Care half has- introductory sessions, bereavement talks, regular ward sessions seeing in-patients; attending MDTs, ward meetings; community placements with specialist nurses; hospital placements with specialist nurses; lectures (mechanics of death, pain, looking after patients’ well being, decision making workshop, coping with emotions, symptoms other than pain, psycho-oncology, where to die); breaking bad news with actor patients; syringe driver training; video discussion of ACP, Euthanasia, ADRT; prescribing sessions; Goldfish Bowl sessions with patients. 3 broad pathways that each student participates in- Agitation fear and aggression, Last few weeks, Local control malignant tumours.

Also special study units in 1st year (optional- 4-8 students) on “Spirituality and Medicine”; 2nd year (optional 4-8 students) on “Doctor why can’t I die at home?”

5th years students- 2 hour revision of pain, sedation, confusion.

Occasional attachments of students in their 5th (final) year for a week as part of careers option.