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This rotation will provide students the opportunity to learn about consultative palliative care. Areas of learning focus are symptom management, communication skills, and advanced care planning. The students will learn to work within an interdisciplinary team. The students will be more comfortable caring for patient with serious and/or terminal illnesses.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Johnson, D.O. (aj94@iupui.edu; ajohnson14@iuhealth.org)

Director: Amy Johnson, D.O.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discuss the patient populations that would benefit from specialty Palliative Care Services.(SBP5)

  • 2) Explain the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care. (SBP5)
  • 3) Describe effective transitions of care for patients with serious illness.(PC6)
  • 4) Demonstrate clinical knowledge regarding general medical conditions and understand management of common symptoms in patients with serious illness. (MK4)
  • 5) Communicate more effectively with patients that have serious illness and their families.(ISC2)
  • 6) Work as a member of an interdisciplinary team. (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (The student will be assessed based on case presentations, written documentation and direct interactions with patients. They are expected to be dependable and engaged).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status; Must have competed Internal Medicine rotation

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: Work hours will be conform with IUSM policy.

Time Distribution: 90%Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Amy Johnson, D.O. (aj94@iupui.edu; ajohnson14@iuhealth.org) Housing not provided.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

The palliative care service is a team made up of Physicians, advanced practice providers, and nurse coordinators

Service Learning Included: None