A workshop to teach medical students communication skills and clinical knowledge about end-of-life care

Alexia Torke, Tammie E. Quest, Kathy Kinlaw, J. William Eley, William T. Branch

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Abstract

We describe a half-day workshop to teach third-year medical students three focused end-of-life care skills: breaking bad news, discussing advance directives, and assessing and managing pain. Our workshop included a readers' theater exercise and three role-play exercises. In two of the workshops, faculty members played the role of patients. We used readers' theater to engage the students on an emotional level and set a reflective tone for the workshop. Evaluations reflected that most respondents felt that the workshop enhanced their understanding and ability to address these skills with patients. By 6 months, many students reported applying these skills to patient care in a way they thought was effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)540-544
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume19
Issue number5 PART 2
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Clinical Competence
Terminal Care
Medical Students
Communication
Education
Exercise
Students
Advance Directives
Aptitude
Patient Care
Pain

Keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Medical
  • Palliative care
  • Teaching methods

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  • Internal Medicine

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A workshop to teach medical students communication skills and clinical knowledge about end-of-life care. / Torke, Alexia; Quest, Tammie E.; Kinlaw, Kathy; Eley, J. William; Branch, William T.

In: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 19, No. 5 PART 2, 05.2004, p. 540-544.

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Torke, Alexia ; Quest, Tammie E. ; Kinlaw, Kathy ; Eley, J. William ; Branch, William T. / A workshop to teach medical students communication skills and clinical knowledge about end-of-life care. In: Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2004 ; Vol. 19, No. 5 PART 2. pp. 540-544.
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