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

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

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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
Issue number5 PART 2
StatePublished - May 1 2004



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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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