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

Improving residency training in end-of-life care

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.