Free Online Undergraduate Medical Education in Palliative Care – the EDUPALL Experience


Daniela Mosoiu, Associate Professor at Transilvania University, Faculty of Medicine, Brasov, Romania, and EDUPALL Project Director, explains more about the EDUPALL Erasmus project.

Dr Daniela Mosoiu

Dr Daniela Mosoiu.

We are delighted to present a series of free webinars based on The EDUPALL Erasmus project.  A group of international experts from Romania, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, UK and Spain had originally produced a ‘blended’ (combining  online educational materials with traditional place-based classroom methods) palliative care curriculum for medical students. The curriculum was based on the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) recommendations and we had prepared all of the accompanying materials needed to deliver this novel programme.

We finalised the curriculum and trainers’ toolkit before the COVID-19 outbreak, and we had the challenging task to implement it during COVID lockdown. The fact that the curriculum was from the beginning designed in a blended format was extremely useful; we had to adapt to the new social reality and the seminars that were supposed to be developed in face-to-face format were transferred to online seminars. We assessed students’ performances and sought their opinion on the process.  Now, we would like to share the EDUPALL experience with all of those interested in education through this series of webinars. Each webinar will last for one hour and will be in English.

We hope through the webinars to foster further discussion on education in palliative care in these challenging times and to discuss opportunities for the use of the EDUPALL curriculum in other countries. EDUPALL is freely available; it has been designed based on the EAPC recommendations and is endorsed by the EAPC Board of Directors. Having already been tested, we are confident that the EDUPALL curriculum will foster creative thinking about new teaching methods for palliative care and ways to assess performance.

If you have any questions please email us here.  Take a look below at the speakers and content we’ve lined up for next week’s webinars – we hope to meet you online next week!

Tuesday 21 July at 5 pm CET  – Webinar I – To register click here.
Curriculum building and mentoring in undergraduate palliative care education
Moderator: Dr Julie Ling, CEO EAPC

  • ‘The EDUPALL curriculum development – process and content’
    Daniela Mosoiu, Associate Professor, Transilvania University, Romania.
  • ‘Developing a mentoring programme in palliative care in undergraduate education’
    Stephen Mason, PhDPGC HE BA (Hons) The University of Liverpool, UK:

Wednesday 22 July at 5pm CET – Webinar II – To register click here
Novel teaching methods for palliative care education
Moderator: Frank Elsner, Professor, Universitätsklinikum Aachen, Germany

  • ‘Pivoting to Virtual Learning in Canada’
    José Pereira, Professor and Director, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
  • ‘Visual art in teaching’
    Antonio Noguera, Assistant Professor, Atlantes Research Program, Institute for Culture and Society of the University of Navarra, Spain.
  • Patients as Teachers’
    Frank Elsner, Professor, Universitätsklinikum Aachen, Germany.
  •  ‘Palliative Care in stage: Neural pain pathways by drama’
    Dr Mhoira Leng, Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust; Makerere University, Uganda.
  • ‘Bus rounds – Patients at home’
    Dr. med. Dipl. Soz. Tania Pastrana, Universitätsklinikum Aachen, Germany.

Thursday 23 July at 5pm CET – Webinar III – To register click here
Performance assessment in palliative care education
Moderator: Dr Cathy Payne, AIIHPC (All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care), Ireland.

  • ‘How to measure performance in education’
    Dr Piret Paal, WHO Collaborating Centre, Institute of Nursing Science and Practice, Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria.
  • ‘Students’ feedback and perception regarding their experience during completing palliative care module’
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vlad Poroch, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania.

For any questions regarding EDUPALL webinars, please email us here. All webinars last one hour and are in English.

More about the author…
Daniela Mosoiu is Associate Professor at Transilvania University, Faculty of Medicine, Brasov, where she teaches palliative care to medical students and leads the multidisciplinary Palliative Care Master’s degree course; National Coordinator for Specialized Palliative Care Training in Romania, Director of Education and National Development at Hospice Casa Sperantei and a member of the European Association for Palliative Care Board of Directors.

Visit the EDUPALL  website for more information including curriculum, online course and trainers’ toolkit. 

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