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Medical Education

Month-long elective in palliative care
 for medical students, residents and fellows:

Learning objectives:

  1. Assess and treat complex pain and suffering, including practice with opioid conversions and rotations, use of adjuvant medications and non-pharmacologic therapies, and exploration of psychosocial-existential distress.
  2. Learn how to manage difficult symptoms, including nausea, constipation, dyspnea, anxiety and delirium.
  3. Understand and practice advanced communication skills in breaking difficult news, sharing prognosis, exploring goals of care, and creating personalized, coordinated plans of care for seriously ill patients and their families.

If you are interested in this elective, please contact Debbie Horgan, the Palliative Care Administrative Assistant, at or (508) 334-8630.

Undergraduate medical education:

  • Caring for the Seriously Ill elective (1st and 2nd year students)
  • Palliative Care Intraclerkship (3rd year students)
  • Pain Management 101 (3rd year students)
  • Addressing code status with simulated patients (4th year students)
  • Healers' Art (1st and 2nd year students)
  • Capstone scholarship projects in palliative care (all 4 years of medical school)

Graduate medical education:

  • Morning reports and noon conferences
  • Ambulatory care block lectures on pain management, hospice 101
  • Simulation Center (iCELS) training in effective goals-of-care discussions
  • Oncology and geriatric fellows' training in pain and symptom management, prognostication, goals-of-care discussions and being with suffering

Education for attendings:

  • Medicine Grand Rounds and Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • Primary Care Days
  • Simulation Center (iCELS) training in effective goals-of-care discussions
  • Interspecialty Grand Rounds
  • Grand Rounds in Oncology, Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics, among others