Palliative Medicine Bridge
Approximately 90 million Americans are living with serious illness, according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, so ensuring future physicians are well-trained in this area is critically important. This week, Class of 2020 students are participating in a newly-revised Palliative Care Bridge course that blends fun and games with rigorous skill-building and serious reflection. Directed by Stephen Berns, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine and a member of the Division of Palliative Medicine, course activities include a scavenger hunt, “Family Feud” and “Heads Up” games, speed consults, medication reviews, visits to area hospice and respite care facilities, and interactions with Standardized Patients designed to train students for communicating with patients and their families about serious illness in a palliative care setting. In addition, students have daily reading assignments and “RQs” – a readiness quiz to ensure the content is sticking.