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AMSA End of Life Fellowship. Katie Macfarlane University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2008. Current EOL Curriculum at UNE . Spectrum of Aging lecture Two hour lecture for first year students Current paradigms of aging, death, and dying

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amsa end of life fellowship

AMSA End of Life Fellowship

Katie Macfarlane

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2008

current eol curriculum at une
Current EOL Curriculum at UNE
  • Spectrum of Aging lecture
    • Two hour lecture for first year students
    • Current paradigms of aging, death, and dying
    • Medical residents shared experiences
    • Forum for discussion
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement lecture
    • One hour lecture for first year students
    • History of death
    • Define “good death”
second year eol curriculum
Second Year EOL Curriculum
  • Course on Legal and Ethical Issues in EOL care
    • Palliative care
    • Physician assisted suicide
    • Euthanasia
    • Surrogates
    • Living Wills
    • DNR Orders
  • Hospice rotation
    • House visit accompanying a hospice RN
future goals for une curriculum
Future Goals for UNE Curriculum
  • Increase overall exposure to hospice
  • Lectures on key topics concerning EOL care
  • Create opportunities for students to work closely in the fields of hospice and palliative care
death and dying interest group
Death and Dying Interest Group
  • Work with AMSA and the Geriatric Club
  • Bi-monthly meetings
  • Continue to bring lecturers on EOL issues
volunteer program
Volunteer Program
  • Contact local hospice
  • Lunch lecture with volunteer coordinator
  • Corresponding viewing of “To Live Until I Die”
pain lecture
Pain Lecture
  • Dr. from a local hospice for a lunch lecture open to MSI’s and MSII’s
  • Myths vs. facts concerning narcotics and other pain medications
  • Dosing and conversion factors
  • Appropriate medications and adjuvants for different types of pain
communicating bad news lecture
Communicating Bad News Lecture
  • Dr. or Social Worker from a local hospice for a lunch lecture open to MSI’s and MSII’s
  • Cover important steps in communicating difficult news, particularly a terminal diagnosis
  • Include case studies and role play
preceptor opportunity
Preceptor Opportunity
  • Work with preceptor office to create a hospice preceptorship
  • Available to students as an elective in the second year
  • Student would make regular visits with a hospice doctor while participating in providing care
overall goal
Overall Goal
  • Increase UNE student awareness and exposure to End of Life Care