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23 Designing an e-ELCA learning path for medical students
  1. Richard Kitchen,
  2. Dan Monnery and
  3. John E Ellershaw
  1. Association for Palliative Medicine, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, The Myton Hospices, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Palliative Care Institute Liverpool


Background e-ELCA (end of life care for all) is an e-learning programme from e-Learning for Healthcare, delivering palliative and end of life care education. e-ELCA is freely accessible to staff working in the NHS, and those working in hospices and some care homes in the UK. A number of ‘learning paths’ have been developed to allow users to identify sessions that will be specifically helpful for their learning.

Access to e-ELCA has more recently been possible through OpenAthens. This allows medical students to freely access the programme, providing a potentially valuable educational opportunity.

Aim To design an e-ELCA learning path for medical students, allowing this group to easily identify sessions that will be particularly relevant for them.

Methods The previous e-ELCA lead worked with a team to map e-ELCA against the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) medical school curriculum, identifying 64 relevant sessions. Further work from a team at Liverpool Medical School identified sessions that covered areas of the APM curriculum that were not covered by their local medical school curriculum. This previous work was combined to generate a provisional medical student learning path. This was presented at the APM undergraduate education special interest forum (APMUESIF). Feedback was gained on the choice of sessions but also the size and structure of the learning path. This feedback and the provisional learning path were used alongside the General Medical Council’s (GMC’s) Outcomes for Graduates document and the APM curriculum to produce a final learning path.

Results A compact medical student learning path comprising 5 core, 5 additional and 5 case study sessions has been developed.

Conclusions An e-ELCA medical student learning path has been developed following guidance from a number of sources. This will allow e-ELCA to be used more readily for undergraduate medical education.

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