A Medical School Course in Coping with Death: An Opportunity to Consider Some Basic Health Care Issues

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Courses on death and related topics are frequently considered nonessential in medical school curricula; however medical students and residents often express their feelings of unpreparedness to cope with deaths of their patients, surviving family members and their own feelings about death. This paper describes a short, elective course taught by a single instructor who, by writing about it, wishes to encourage others to begin to fill this gap in medical education. Student evaluations and representative reaction comments are included.

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