IU School of Medicine



This elective will provide medical students with experience in the area of hospice and palliative care (while being supervised) at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. Students

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jon Kubley, MD (kubleyj@cfhcare.org)

Director: John Kubley, M.D.

Campus: South Bend

Location: Center for Hospice Care (South Bend)

Other Faculty: Jon Kubley, M.D.; Joel Cohen, M.D., Cathie Whitcroft, D.N.P., Kathy Eash, NP-C

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Complete a comprehensive evaluation, consultation and treatment of a palliative care patient at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care (PC1)
  • 2) Perform a comprehensive history and physical in order to develop an accurate diagnosis and prognosis for patients with life-threatening diseases (PC1)
  • 3) Demonstrate communication skills to assist with advance care planning, code status discussions, and family meetings (ISC2)
  • 4) Describe an interdisciplinary approach to patient care as well as the value of expert emotional, social, and spiritual support (SBP2)
  • 5) Describe the role of hospice in both the home and hospital setting (SBP1)
  • 6) Describe ethical and legal issues related to life-threatening illnesses as well as the importance of self-care and community engagement (P3)


  • Student will be evaluated using the IUSM clinical evaluation form completed by all preceptors. The elective director will compile and submit one final evaluation; ( Assessment is by faculty observation and oral presentations during rounds. The course director will collate and summarize evaluations from other faculty and healthcare team members).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: up to 32+ hours (flexible)

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical, 10% Library Research, 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All South Bend electives must go thru the South Bend campus coordinator. Contact Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu or 574-631-1870)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None