Using Structured Clinical Instruction Modules (SCIM) in teaching palliative care to undergraduate medical students

J Cancer Educ. 2008;23(3):149-55. doi: 10.1080/08858190802043302.


Background: Student evaluation of the palliative care attachment at The University of Western Australia highlighted certain shortcomings. Methods. A 2-hour Structured Clinical Instruction Module (SCIM) workshop was designed and implemented to address these issues.

Results: Preworkshop and postworkshop questionnaires showed a marked increase in self-rated competence and suggested this improvement was directly attributable to the workshop. A follow-up survey of a small number of students demonstrated this increase was sustained over time.

Conclusions: SCIMs appear to be an effective instructional format in the small group setting. We covered a broad range of topics in a cost-effective manner and with minimal tutors and resources.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / complications*
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Palliative Care / economics*
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching Materials*