In 2002 and 2003, project staff at the American Osteopathic Association, Chicago, conducted two workshops to train faculty of osteopathic medical schools in high quality end-of-life care.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.
From 1997 to 2001, RWJF supported the development of Educating Physicians in End-of-Life Care (EPEC), a comprehensive train-the-trainer program designed to equip physicians with the knowledge and skills to provide high quality care for dying patients (Grant ID#s 030204, 036767, 039301, 039847, 040507).
Using the EPEC curriculum, project staff trained 45 faculty members from 17 of the 19 osteopathic medical schools in the United States at its first End-of-Life Care-National Osteopathic Workshop (ELC-NOW) held in June 2002.
Project staff conducted a survey of the schools one year after the first training and found increased interest in end-of-life training. Several schools had integrated teaching tools recommended by the Association and modules from the EPEC curriculum into the osteopathic curriculum.
A second workshop, ELC-NOW II, held June 2003, trained an additional 80 osteopathic physicians, including 34 postdoctoral educators, 29 state and specialty leaders, and 17 practicing physicians in the Northwest region.