Palliative Medicine


The Need
  • Medical students traditionally have limited experience in caring for patients at the end of life
  • Hospice care improves quality of life and care aligned with personal preferences for patients with limited life expectancy
  • Misconceptions and stigma associated with hospice and advance care planning impact quality of life

Project Description
  • Complete Advance Care Planning (ACP) facilitator training through the Sentara Center for Healthcare Ethics to become advance care planning champions in Hampton Roads
  • Explore the role of the interdisciplinary hospice team members through home visits with various team members (to include nursing, social work, and spiritual team members) and interdisciplinary team meetings
  • Propose additional community resources that are available to patients enrolled in hospice
  • Co-create person-centered goals for symptom management in patients at end of life
Annual Student Activities
  • 6 students per cohort
  • Students complete their own advance care planning documents
  • Reflections on cultural variability in patient experience of the end of life process and on changes encountered by patients and their families throughout the process
Sustainable Development Goals
70 People | 163 Impacts | 415 Hours | 11,836 Total Economic Impact




Hi everyone! Watch your email for a doodle poll to schedule a meet and greet overview of the Hospice CEL! you have joined an incredible group of your colleagues and our community partners at Interim Hospice to learn about and improve the quality of end of life care for our patients with serious illness. I'm so grateful to have the chance to work with you and can't wait to see how we learn and grow together !