Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry/ University of Exeter Medical School: Truro campus for both (schools in transition)

Medical school lead for undergraduate medical education in palliative care:


Dr Carolyn Campbell

Postal Address:

Mount Edgecumbe Hospice, Porthpean Road, St Austell, PL26 6AB


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01726 65711

Teaching PA name:

Susan Bowman

Teaching PA email:

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Teaching PA telephone:

01726 65711

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

Is palliative care a compulsory part of the course?



If yes, how many hours are timetabled?

1st and 2nd year 1-3 hours lectures

3rd year – 3 optional special study units available of 2 weeks each

4th year – part of integrated pathway with oncology – approx. 50 hours contact time dedicated to palliative care

5th year – option to spend 6 week block in hospice and palliative care.

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



If yes, please give details:

Questions in written MCQ Applied Medical Knowledge exam sat by whole med school 4x per year. Difficult Communication station in final ISCE, summative assessments during palliative care placements.


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PCMD has a ‘spiral curriculum’ so key areas are revisited throughout as the students’ knowledge and experience matures. Palliative care is introduced in lectures, seminars and discussion in 1st and 2nd year. Students will encounter palliative care teams in the context of GP and hospital placements in 3rd year and can choose to do their management, MDT working or research SSU placements (each the equivalent of 2 weeks with a summative assessment) in palliative care.

The bulk of formal contact is in 4th year as part of an 8 week integrated pathway in Oncology and Palliative Care. The students will have placements in hospices, community teams and hospital teams, clinical skills sessions on prescribing and communication skills and seminars on aspects of symptom control, end of life care, ethical legal and communication issues. They will also have 4x 2 hour case based tutorials in small groups of 2 or 3 students with palliative care consultants.

Up to 10 students a year can choose to spend one of their 5th year 6 week block placements in the hospices, working as an ‘apprentice F1’ doctor on the ward.