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With the intent of integrating educational activities into the existing medical school curriculum that prepare the attitudes of medical students to care for the terminally ill, this study seeks to determine the opportunities and constraints within the medical school environment that could potentiate or prevent its fruition. Crucial to understanding what is involved in developing this program is knowing what the physician seeking certification in palliative medicine is required to know. Building an introductory end of life care (EOL) program requires a survey of the requirements of governing agencies, accrediting bodies, the extent of current EOL program support, and time constraints. I will use Imogene King's dynamic interacting systems framework to direct the development of the program that introduces the concept of palliative care and attitudinally prepares them to provide palliative medicine to the terminally ill patient. Modalities for learning will be suggested that help teach to student attitudes. Program integration considers the school year and opportunities for patient exposure.

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Graduate Research

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Carolyn S. Ridenour

Primary Advisor's Department

Educational Leadership


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Educating Toward Attitudes in End of Life Care