McMaster University

McMaster University

Undergraduate - Year Three (Clerkship)

The Palliative Care undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide basic information about Hospice Palliative Care. It is based on the national Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EFPPEC) Competencies. (Link: The Clerkship experience builds on this foundation of knowledge from the undergraduate curriculum by providing an opportunity to work with palliative care professionals, in a variety of settings, and intersect with people receiving palliative care services. This will be achieved through two teaching sessions, a site visit, and a Taste of Palliative Care, the components of which are an opportunity to interview a mock palliative patient; a team OSCE (TOSCE) and a tutorial on collaborative practice.

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory and forms part of your final evaluation. Failure to attend the sessions and clinical visits may result in an unsatisfactory evaluation. Please ensure that you sign attendance sheets at each session.


  1. To provide clinical and educational experiences to achieve the EFPPEC competencies.
  2. To provide exposure to palliative patients and families within the context of an interprofessional team.
Format Number Description

Tutorial 1

½ day

Overview of pain and symptom management

A Taste of Palliative Care ½ day

Exposure to history taking skills (patient interview with role player), a mini-tutorial on collaborative practice and palliative care TOSCE

Site Visit

½ day

Clinical exposure, primarily observational with an interprofessional team 

Interactive Teaching Session

½ day

History taking skills session in palliative care.  (students will research an assigned palliative care topic while waiting for/after role playing appointment)

Tutorial 2

½ day

Clerks present pre-assigned topics to each other with content expert input

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