Movie "Wit" is a Hit with Medical Students Learning about Care of Dying Patients

The "Wit" Film Project is a medical training program using the Emmy Award-winning HBO film adaptation of the stage play "Wit" to advance education on end-of-life care. "Wit" depicts a dying patient's struggles and end-of-life treatment problems.

Beginning in 2002, project staff at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine disseminated the program free-of-charge via a website to medical schools in the United States and Canada.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.

Key Results

  • By July 2004:

    • Sixty-two schools and training programs in the United States and Canada had used the program in their end-of-life training.
    • The project had distributed some 400 copies of the film "Wit".