IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93MI860 — PALLIATIVE MEDICINE


This elective will provide medical students experience with a busy palliative care consult service at Eskenazi Health. Students will learn about: 1. pain assessment and management 2. assessment and management of non-pain symptoms 3. goals of care, advance care planning and how to conduct family meetings 4. effective use of an interdisciplinary team to care for patients and families 5. administrative aspects and care activities related to palliative care for the underserved Responsibilities during the elective include providing palliative care consultation and making hospital rounds with a multidisciplinary palliative care team (social worker, chaplain, nurse, and physician). There may also be an opportunity to make home visits to both hospice and non-hospice patients. Students will learn about ethical and legal issues related to life-threatening illness as well as the importance of self-care and community engagement.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Rafael Rosario, MD/Brenda Mason (rrosario@iu.edu; masonbr@iupui.edu)

Director: Rafael Rosario, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eskenazi Health Services (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Recognize the value of expert symptom management as well as emotional, social, and spiritual support in care of seriously ill patients and their families (SBP2)
  • 2) Demonstrate history and physical skills with special focuses on symptom evaluation and use of skills to prognosticate in serious illness (PC1)
  • 3) Demonstrate communication skills integral to the support of seriously ill patients, goals of care discussions, and family meetings (ISC2)
  • 4) Apply an interdisciplinary approach to care of seriously ill patients (SBP1)
  • 5) Describe the role of hospice in both the home and hospital setting (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; patient presentation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status; Any 3rd year students will be considered based on availability and completion of Internal Medicine Clerkship.

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical; 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Rafael Rosario, MD/Brenda Mason (rrosario@iu.edu; masonbr@iupui.edu)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None