Survey on palliative care in medical education

The Foundation's Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative was designed to support solicited and unsolicited projects under $1 million consistent with the Foundation's end-of-life strategic objectives. As part of the previously funded national, state, and local indicators of end-of-life care project, medical students' attitudes and educational experiences related to caring for patients at the end of life and school-level efforts in end-of-life education are being documented. The purpose of this project is to increase the number of fourth-year medical students being surveyed as part of the national indicators project from 300 to 1,250 and link their Medical Licensing Exam performance to their educational experiences. The National Board of Medical Examiners will provide student test scores. The activities that will occur as part of this grant include: (1) identify test items that measure clinical competencies in end-of-life care; (2) develop a composite score of overall competency in end-of-life care for each respondent in the student survey; (3) link summary scores with student attitudes and self-reported, end-of-life care competency and school-level descriptions; and (4) conduct school-level analyses relating student attitudes and preparation, student test performance, and school curriculum in end-of-life care.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $248,654.00

Awarded on: 3/29/2001

Time frame: 4/15/2001 - 12/31/2004

Grant Number: 41472


Dana Farber Cancer Institute

450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, 02215-5450


Susan D. Block
Project Director