End of Life Conversations: The Medical Student’s Role

Eamon Duffy


Each year third year medical students at Yale are asked to reflect on one conversation they have with a patient about the end of their life. It is meant to motivate medical students to engage their patients about death and dying, and in doing so improve their ability to care for patients at the end of their life. This is Eamon’s reflection on a conversation with his patient, Mr. A, on the general medicine floor.  


Creative Writing; Palliative Care; End of Life

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