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
117 People | 379 Impacts | 903 Hours | 25,774 Total Economic Impact