Medical education in palliative care

J. Buchanan, R. Millership, J. Zalcberg, J. Milne, A. Zimet, I. Haines

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There has been recent concern about both the care of dying patients and the adequacy of the preparation that most doctors receive for this task. The role of the doctor in palliative care is discussed and the educational needs of medical students in palliative care are suggested. A palliative care course for fifth-year students at the Austin Hospital-Repatriation General Hospital Clinical School, University of Melbourne, is described. This course recently has been adopted by the Victorian Palliative Care Council as a model for undergraduate palliative medicine education, and has been recommended to the University of Melbourne and Monash University Medical Schools for incorporation in each Clinical School curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-29
Number of pages3
JournalThe Medical Journal of Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990

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