PS516M.J

Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Medicine

Sites: BWH, DFCI
Director(s): John Peteet, Kristen Schaefer
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered in July and August. Not offered in April 2016.
Location: MULTI - Multi-site (J)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: This course provides opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in the comprehensive care of patients and their families with serious illness at any stage of their disease, including the end of life and those with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses. Management of symptoms such as pain and nausea, anxiety and depression, psychosocial and spiritual support of patients and families, decision making, communication, coordination of care and bereavement care will be emphasized. Students will participate actively with residents, fellows, and members of the interdisciplinary team (nurses, SW, chaplain, pharmacy) on the psychosocial oncology and palliative care teams providing these patients with expert interdisciplinary care. Shared activities include collaborative interviews with faculty members; assessment, management recommendations for, and follow-up of patients; teaching rounds; and a range of conferences examining the clinical, ethical and research aspects of comprehensive palliative and end of life care. Senior palliative medicine and psychiatric staff supervise clinical work, acquisition of a knowledge base, and preparation of a brief presentation on a topic of the student�s interest. Student interested in pediatric palliative care may choose to shadow the Boston Children�s Hospital/DFCI pediatric palliative care team for one day of the rotation. Course Directors - John Peteet, MD and Kristen Schaefer, MD. Clinical sites: BWH, DFCI.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
A reading syllabus, discussion on rounds, and preparation of a final presentation incorporate evidence based scholarship into learning about practical problems.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Exceptional performance eliciting and synthesizing data, interviewing and following patients, participating actively in team activities, utilizing relevant literature in clinical formulations and final presentation. Honors: Superior performance eliciting and synthesizing data, interviewing and following patients, participating actively in team activities, utilizing relevant literature in clinical formulations and final presentation. Satisfactory: Adequate attention to and synthesis of clinical data, satisfactory relationships with patients, average participation in team activities and use of evidence based resources. Meets attendance, documentation and professionalism responsibilities. Unsatisfactory: Inadequate attention to clinical data, unempathic or incomplete patient interviewing, poor write-ups, unexcused absences, neglected scholarly responsibilities and/or unprofessional conduct.