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TIME: End of Life and Palliative Care


This clinical four-day course is offered twice a year to ensure that every student has the opportunity to complete it before graduation. Students must have completed at least one core clerkship before taking this course in the eighth week of a core clerkship block. The interdisciplinary faculty use a variety of teaching methods including lecture, assigned reading, team-based learning, small group interactions and use of standardized patients. Students participate in a hospice home or inpatient visit and have time for self-reflection. Invited speakers from the community will also participate.

Course Goals

After participating in this course, medical students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between palliative care and hospice.
  • Recognize that specific skills can be acquired in order to deliver good palliative care.
  • Outline an approach to symptom management.
  • Establish a framework for communicating bad news to individuals and their families.
  • Give examples of the multidimensional aspects of palliative care.
  • Appreciate the role of the physician in the interdisciplinary team in delivering palliative care.
  • Examine personal response to caring for the dying patient.
  • Distinguish the expected course of normal grieving from complicated bereavement.

Course Directors

Photo of Dr. Renee Denise Boss, M.D.

Boss, Renee Denise, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Photo of Dr. Danielle Josette Doberman, M.D., M.P.H.

Doberman, Danielle Josette, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Medical Director, Palliative Medicine Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Photo of Dr. Nancy Hutton, M.D.

Hutton, Nancy, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics
Joint Appointment in Medicine
Medical Director, Harriet Lane Compassionate Care
Director, Intensive Primary Care Clinic


Louise Knight, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C

Director, Harry J. Duffey Family, Patient and Family Services

Time Commitment and Course Length

The course runs for four days.


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