TABLE 9-6 Recent and Ongoing End-of-Life Medical Education Projects

Name, Funding Source, Duration

Description and Aims

Project on Death in America Faculty Scholars Program

Five to eight two-year fellowships of up to $70,000 per year are made to institutions on behalf of the Scholars Program. Fellowship funds are used to support the scholar’s salary and benefits and to provide up to $5,000 in travel funds for national meetings, research assistance, summer stipends, and other costs related to work on the scholar’s project. Each scholar carries out a significant project that addresses a critical issue in the care of the dying in his or her own institution or community.

RWJF Funded or Supported Projects

The EPEC Project—Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC)

Funding with AMA 2/1/97–5/31/00 $1,541,943 from RWJF

Designed to teach practicing physicians “the essential clinical competencies required to provide quality end-of-life care” (AMA, 2000). The focus of EPEC is a curriculum to be presented to groups by individuals who have been trained specifically in the course. In 1999, six regional workshops were held, at which 500 physician-educators were trained in running the program. Videotapes and printed material, in addition to didactic and interactive sessions, are used. The format consists of four 30-minute plenary modules and twelve 45-minute workshop modules.

Harvard Medical School Palliative Care Education Center

7/1/98–6/30/03 $997,873 from RWJF

Center for training faculty from around the country in palliative and end-of-life care

Stanford University Medical School Faculty Development Program

10/1/98–9/30/02 $831,931

Train-the-trainer program for medical faculty from across the country

New York State Medical School Curricula Project in Palliative Care

3/15/99–9/14/00 $268,792

Developing a consensus on core curriculum for all medical schools in the state that schools will begin to incorporate into their programs. A “report card” on implementation will be completed for each school at the end of the project.



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