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Palliative Medicine focuses on understanding and assisting with palliative care by connecting community members with community resources, advocating for patients, and improving quality of care. This initiative explores the role of the interdisciplinary hospice team members through home visits with various team members (to include nursing, social work, and spiritual team members) and interdisciplinary team meetings. Through a partnership with the Sentara Center for Healthcare Ethics, students receive Complete Advance Care Planning (ACP) to become advance care planning champions.

Medical students complete their own advance care planning documents, reflect on cultural variability in patient experience of the end of life process, and work to overcome the misconceptions and stigma associated with hospice and advance care planning impact quality of life.

Click here to report your service hours for Palliative Medicine.

For additional details on Palliative Medicine, click here to download the handout.

You may also contact Community-Engaged Learning or faculty lead Dr. M.C. Galicia-Castillo for any additional questions.