Wit film project to teach medical students about end-of-life care

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit, presented a creative teaching opportunity for medical schools. Wit is the story of a woman who receives a late-stage diagnosis of ovarian cancer and her journey as she faces her cancer and her mortality. Several medical schools have hosted the performance of the play as part of their educational activities, and the response of faculty and students has been very positive. The purpose of this project is to distribute the videotape of HBO's production of Wit to allopathic and osteopathic schools of medicine in the United States and Canada, accompanied by the training manuals developed for the stage productions. This includes: materials for a pre-performance lecture that primes the trainees to important themes in the play, and a program guide for facilitated small-group discussions following the film.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $137,738.00

Awarded on: 11/19/2001

Time frame: 12/1/2001 - 7/31/2004

Grant Number: 43719


University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

10833 LeConte Avenue
Box 951736
Los Angeles, 90095-1736


Kenneth E. Rosenfeld
Project Director