End-of-Life Project Trains Medical Educators to Add Palliative Care Curriculum for Medical Residents

Project staff from the Medical College of Wisconsin trained residency program directors and faculty in internal medicine, family medicine, neurology and surgery to incorporate end-of-life training into their curriculum for medical residents through the National Residency End-of-Life Education Project.

Key Results

  • 342 residency programs completed the National Residency End-of-Life Education Project (167 internal medicine programs, 97 family medicine programs, 43 neurology programs and 35 surgery programs).

  • 78 percent of the residency programs made major curriculum changes.

Neurologist Peter Jacobson, MD, started a comprehensive palliative care training program for neurology residents at the University of North Carolina after participating in the RWJF-funded National Residency End-of-Life Education Project.

Christian Furman, MD, established new palliative care training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine after participating in this project.