Name, Funding Source, Duration

Description and Aims

Comprehensive Educational Program in Palliative Care

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

2/3/98–? $67,472+$69,496

Renewal of an interdisciplinary educational program in palliative care at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Equipping Medical Students to Manage Cancer Pain

University of Kentucky 1998


The Structured Clinical Instruction Module (SCIM) has been piloted as a format for enhancing the teaching of clinical skills pertinent to the diagnosis of cancer pain in the multidisciplinary care of the patient with cancer. The current study is developing and implementing the SCIM for medical students, with the teaching of clinical skills critical to the diagnosis and multidisciplinary management of the cancer pain patient.

Physician Hospice/Palliative Care Training—UNIPACS

American Academy/Hospice And Palliative Medicine

9/30/99–9/29/00 $149,413

To promote physician competence in end-of-life care by developing practical, clinically oriented educational materials that can be used in training medical students, residents, and practicing physicians to care for dying patients.

Cancer Pain Role Model Program

Medical College of Wisconsin

9/1/99–8/31/00 $125,873

Continuation of an education project of the Wisconsin Cancer Pain Initiative; 180 physicians and nurses involved in medical education will be recruited each year for five years to attend one of three model conferences a year.

NOTE: NCI=National Cancer Institute; RWJF=Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

aFunding information from Begg (2000).


Nurses are expected to provide physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical care for patients in every phase of life. They spend more time with patients near the end of life than do any other health professionals. Yet, like physicians, most nurses in the United States do not receive the training and practical experience they need to carry out these duties in the best fashion. The nursing curriculum has been less studied than the medical curriculum, but this has been changing, particularly in response to debates about assisted suicide and euthanasia (Ferrell et al., 2000).

The 1997 Institute of Medicine report (IOM, 1997) reviewed studies of

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