IU School of Medicine



Students will participate in a community hospital inpatient consult service for palliative care. The palliative care service in a multidisciplinary team consisting of social work, chaplain, mid level providers and physicians. Additional reading and weekly presentations are also expected.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Suzi Tolliver(stolliv@iu.edu)

Director: Ivy N. Lee, M.D.

Campus: Bloomington

Location: IU Health Bloomington Hospital (Bloomington)

Other Faculty: Sarah Tieman, M.D.; Ken Cornetta, M.D., Rob Stone, M.D.

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the place of palliative and hospice care in the health care system, while learning to identify those with advanced or terminal illnesses who might be palliative care or hospice candidates, or who are facing imminent death along the continuum of care (SBP1)
  • 2) Practice effective communication skills with patients having life-limiting illnesses, their family members, and their significant others (ISC2)
  • 3) Practice decision-making skills in pain and symptom management for patients with advanced or chronic illnesses (MK4)
  • 4) Discuss and differentiate advance directives including Do Not Resuscitate orders, choice of a health care representative, and the Indiana Physicians Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) (P3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (The student will be observed during in-patient care activities by faculty. Written notes as well as case presentations will be discussed with faculty. The final assessment will be completed by the palliative care faculty.)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical, 20% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Suzi Tolliver(stolliv@iu.edu) Housing available, contact Suzi Tolliver(stolliv@iu.edu) for availability and to arrange orientation.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None