INMD 7450

Hospice & Palliative Care


Joann Scozzari
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Catalog Description:  This interdisciplinary course introduces students to hospice and palliative medicine. Students will participate in patient care under the supervision of palliative medicine physicians and within the multidisciplinary team in hospital, outpatient clinic, and home settings. The experience will include a range of medical problems and focus on patients with advanced illness. Particular attention will relate to pain management and complex medical decision-making.


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Essentia Health - St. Mary's Medical Center


Required session attendance:  

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm

Direct patient care:  Yes

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives:  By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • Management of pain and other distressing symptoms in patients with advanced illness
  • Communication and building relationships with patients and their families
  • Use exploration of patient’s values and beliefs to establish goals to be used as the foundation for developing logical advance care plans
  • Participation in the multidisciplinary health care team
  • Use of evidence-based medicine and academic resources in patient care
  • Explain the criteria for hospice eligibility
  • Explain the similarities and differences between hospice and palliative care

Graded Components:  

  • Clinical Assessment by attending

Grading Scale:  P/N


Course Personnel: Dr. Keith Peterson,; Dr. Timothy Borden,

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type:  No

Course equivalency:  N/A

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