Breaking Serious News and Advance Care Planning
Breaking Serious News and Advance Care Planning

Breaking Serious News and Advance Care Planning

by Mark Hughes, MD, MA

Effectively breaking serious news and engaging in advance care planning are essential skills for medical students to develop. These skills not only foster compassionate patient care but also play a significant role in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Breaking serious news is a delicate and challenging task that requires sensitivity, empathy, and effective communication. Medical students must learn to assess the patient's emotional state, establish a suitable environment, and deliver the news in a clear and compassionate manner. Providing honest information while gauging the patient's emotional readiness is essential. Developing skills in active listening, addressing patient concerns, and offering appropriate support resources are key components of breaking bad news effectively. Goals of care discussions are central to advance care planning. Understanding the patient's values, preferences, and goals allows medical students to guide treatment decisions in line with the patient's wishes. By discussing different treatment options, potential benefits, risks, and likely outcomes, medical students can empower patients to make informed decisions that align with their personal values. This involves not only considering curative treatments but also palliative and end-of-life care options. Advance care planning involves ongoing discussions with patients about their future medical care preferences, especially in situations where they may not be able to communicate their wishes.

In summary, medical students must develop the skills to break serious news and engage in advance care planning. These abilities not only contribute to compassionate patient care but also have a significant impact on the USMLE.

Course Details

  • Videos 17
  • Duration 1:12 h
  • Quiz questions 34
  • Concept Pages 6


Your Educators of course Breaking Serious News and Advance Care Planning

 Mark Hughes, MD, MA

Mark Hughes, MD, MA

Dr. Mark Hughes Mark, MD, MA, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a core faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Dr. Hughes received his MD from Stony Brook University in 1992 and his MA in philosophy (bioethics) from Georgetown University in 2003. He is the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service. Dr. Hughes directs several courses in clinical ethics and research ethics in undergraduate and graduate medical education and continuing medical education.

Within Lecturio, Dr. Hughes teaches Medical Ethics.

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