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Title: A Mixed Methodology Retrospective Analysis of the Learning Experience of Final Year Medical Students Attached to a 1-week Intensive Palliative Care Course Based at an Australian University
Authors: Tai, Vicki ;Cameron-Taylor, Erica ;Clark, Katherine 
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Source: Volume 31, Issue 6, pp. 636-640
Journal title: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Department: Palliative Care
Abstract: AIMS: To assess the experiences in an established 1-week palliative care placement for final year medical students attending the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. DESIGN: A retrospective, mixed methodology, consecutive cohort. Student data collected included satisfaction feedback scores, open-ended questions and palliative medicine multiple-choice results before and after their 1-week placement. RESULTS: Although there were high satisfaction ratings and objective improvements (P < .001) seen in multiple-choice quiz scores, a subset did not improve. Practical issues such as prescribing, opioid use, and conversions were particularly valued by students. More teaching time and practical experience were requested. DISCUSSION: Given the importance of palliative care teaching within a medical degree, the results suggest continued development and review of palliative medical education are essential
DOI: 10.1177/1049909113496451
ISSN: 1938-2715
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Aged
Professional Development
Study or Trial: Cohort Study
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