Hospice and palliative medicine: curriculum evaluation and learner assessment in medical education

J Palliat Med. 2012 Jan;15(1):116-22. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0155.


Major efforts have been pursued to improve palliative care education for physicians at all levels of their training. Such changes include the incorporation of palliative care curriculum and guidelines, an established process for competency-based evaluation and certification, faculty development, innovative educational experiences, the improvement of textbooks, and the establishment of accredited palliative medicine fellowships. Hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) has been clearly defined as a subspecialty and a crucial area of medical education. As innovative curricular approaches have become available to educate medical and other interprofessional trainees, this article aims to describe different models and methods applied in curriculum evaluation, tailoring such approaches to the field of palliative medicine. A stepwise process of curriculum development and evaluation is described, focusing on available curriculum evaluation competency-based tools for each level of learners. As HPM evolves and its educational programs grow, curriculum evaluation will provides invaluable feedback to institutions and programs in many ways.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Hospices*
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care*
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Students, Medical*
  • United States