NAME OF MEDICAL SCHOOL: Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine & Dentistry
Medical school lead for undergraduate medical education in palliative care:
Name: Dr Doug Hooper
Postal Address: Level 3, The Mustard Tree, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH
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Telephone: 01752 436744
Teaching PA name: Sarah Ward
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Is palliative care a compulsory part of the course? Yes
If yes, how many hours are timetabled? 3 weeks of Palliative Care in Year 4
Is palliative care examined in Finals exams or at other points in the course? Yes
If yes, please give details:

AMK (Acquired Medical Knowledge) written exams

Weekly formative clinical feedback sessions during their attachment


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The main teaching of palliative care comes in the 4th year. Students have an introductory session and then 3 weeks in total with us (1 week at the hospice, 1 week in the hospital and 1 week in the community) as aprt of the 8 week oncology palliative care pathway Each week they will have the opportunity to clerk a patient and this will be the basis of their formative clinical feedback session. In these 3 weeks they will have the opportunity to attend ward rounds at a hospice and hospital, MDT meetings and accompany the community nurses on their home visits. In addition, the students will have clinical skills sessions around communication skills using role-playing and prescribing opioids, seminars on the aspects of symptom control (pain and other symptoms), end of life care, ethical and legal issues.  

Year 2 students have an opportunity to be introduced to palliative care principles in a lecture reviewing end of life care for advanced neurological conditions. Year 3 students have an opportunity for SSU module researching issues around dying in different settings. 2 year 5  6 week placements preparing for F1 placement 

Students will have access to, a website resource that has palliative care information links and clinical cases they can work through to cement their learning.