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Residency Programs

All second-year residents in the Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatric residency programs are required to complete a two-week clinical palliative care rotation. Working with the palliative team, residents participate in palliative care consultations for inpatients at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Upon completion of the rotation, the resident will:

  • Understand the potential of palliative care to improve quality of life for seriously ill patients;
  • Develop basic knowledge and skills related to pain and symptom management;
  • Learn how to talk with and listen to severely ill patients and their families about psychosocial, emotional and spiritual suffering;
  • Learn how to have timely discussions with patients and families about:
    • Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) and Do-not-intubate (DNI)
    • Advance Directives
    • Prognosis
    • Bad news
    • Risks and benefits of hospice
    • Risks and benefits of experimental treatment
  • Learn how to function as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Develop self-awareness about their own personal responses to severely ill and dying patients. We have obtained the Mannix Award and a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation to extend key elements of this palliative care training and ACGME competencies in these areas into many of our residency programs.