Undergraduate medical palliative care education: a new Canadian perspective

J Palliat Med. 2002 Feb;5(1):43-7. doi: 10.1089/10966210252785006.


Prior to 1 year ago, undergraduate medical palliative medicine education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, was limited to a 1-hour didactic session and one-half day patient visit. A new integrative curriculum has allowed for increased educational exposure to palliative care for medical students. Topic content has expanded and different teaching modalities are used to aid learning. A highlight of the program is Bus Rounds where small groups of students visit terminally ill patients in either a hospice or home setting. After their training, the students performed well on two examination questions dealing with palliative care issues.

MeSH terms

  • Alberta
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / methods*
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / education*
  • Palliative Care*