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Response to: Does palliative care education matter to medical students?
  1. Ratnam Gandhi and
  2. Niam Arora
  1. College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ratnam Gandhi, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; Ratnamgandhi{at}

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We read with great interest the article by Centeno et al 1 with regard to medical students’ experience of palliative care. As medical students who recently had compulsory palliative care teaching in our fourth year, we wished to offer an insight into our experiences and the curriculum.

During preclinical years, there was little education on holistic care of the dying. The early focus on basic sciences can create the notion that medicine is about ‘fixing people’, with little significance placed on the experience of dying. The General Medical Council provides guidelines for doctors in the ‘Treatment and …

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  • RG and NA are joint first authors.

  • Contributors Both authors, RG and NA, had equal contributions in the production of this letter.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.