+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Impact of a Home Hospice Visit Program on Third-Year Medical Students: A qualitative analysis of student reflections

Impact of a Home Hospice Visit Program on Third-Year Medical Students: A qualitative analysis of student reflections

Journal of Palliative Care 31(1): 5-12

This study evaluates the impact of an interprofessional home hospice visit (HHV) on third-year medical students' attitudes toward, and understanding of, end-of-life care and the visit's effect on students' views of their emerging professional roles and identities. All third-year medical students at Stony Brook School of Medicine in Stony Brook, New York, USA, participated in an HHV. A didactic session preceded the HHV. Subsequently, students were required to submit a piece of reflective writing detailing the impact of the visit. We conducted a qualitative analysis of a random sample drawn from the 467 submitted reflections. Six themes emerged from the student reflections: three were related to the students' direct observations during the HHV, and three were related to the reflective learning of the students based on their HHV experience. The qualitative analysis of the reflective writings showed that the students gained a deep appreciation of the human identity of hospice patients and a humanistic understanding of their own role as future physicians.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 058057922

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 26399085

DOI: 10.1177/082585971503100102

Related references

A home-visit program for first-year medical students as perceived by participating families. Family Medicine 19(5): 364-367, 1987

What students experienced: a narrative analysis of essays written by first-year medical students participating in a geriatrics home visit. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 61(9): 1592-1597, 2013

Hospice reflections of a third-year medical student. Journal of Palliative Medicine 12(5): 479, 2009

Impact of a hospice home visit team on unwanted hospitalization of terminally-ill patients at home in acute medical emergencies. Presse Medicale 36(3 Pt 1): 404-409, 2007

Experience with hospice: reflections from third-year medical students. Journal of Palliative Medicine 5(5): 721-727, 2002

Medical students as hospice volunteers: reflections on an early experiential training program in end-of-life care education. Journal of Palliative Medicine 17(6): 696-700, 2015

Assessing the benefits of a geropsychiatric home-visit program for medical students. Academic Psychiatry 36(3): 216-218, 2012

Exploring patients' reasons for participation in a medical education home visit program: a qualitative study in Malaysia. Perspectives on Medical Education 6(3): 182-188, 2017

Medical student career choice: a qualitative study of fourth-year medical students at Memorial University, Newfoundland. Cmaj Open 4(2): E147-E152, 2016

A prospective controlled trial of the influence of a geriatrics home visit program on medical student knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards care of the elderly. Journal of General Internal Medicine 24(5): 599-605, 2009

Impact of educational preparation on medical students in transition from final year to PRHO year: a qualitative evaluation of final-year training following the introduction of a new year 5 curriculum in a London medical school. Medical Teacher 26(3): 276-278, 2004

The patient, the hospital setting and the student: reflections on the 1st week of the clinical session course of 3d year medical students. Laval Medical 42(4): 373-375, 1971

The Learning Environment Counts: Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis of Study Strategies Adopted by First-Year Medical Students in a Competency-Based Educational Program. Academic Medicine 91(11 Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead: Proceedings of the 55th Annual Research in Medical Education Sessions): S44-S52, 2016

Student-led stress management program for first-year medical students. Teaching and Learning in Medicine 19(1): 42-46, 2007

Geriatrics program for medical students. II. Impact of two educational experiences on student attitudes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 26(8): 355-359, 1978