Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Program Overview

Our ACGME-accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program provides comprehensive subspecialty training for graduates of internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, neurology, gynecology, surgical specialties or pediatrics.

The fellowship offers a methodically developed, comprehensive core curriculum that will prepare our fellows academically and clinically. The small class size (1-3) offers a uniquely personalized learning experience with a high volume of clinical exposure and balanced training to meet important training goals and objectives for training subspecialists, which include:

  • To demonstrate commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to diversity and cultural beliefs; as well as ability to acquire, critically interpret, and apply knowledge related to palliative care and hospice medicine.
  • To identify patients affected with acute and chronic disease processes with additional needs for palliation, as well as recognize the needs of family members requiring palliative care support.
  • To utilize interpersonal and communication skills that result in efficient and comprehensive information exchange and partnering with patients, family units, and other professional associates.
  • To understand how to practice high quality health care as related to palliative care and hospice medicine, and to advocate for patients/families within the context of the health care system.

The fellowship training will last for  a total of 13 blocks (over a period of  12 months), which will be distinct from and follow three years of training in an accredited residency program. During those 13 blocks of preparation, the fellow will be expected to progressively gain the knowledge and skills necessary to manage conditions for seriously ill patients and for those at the end-of-life. Elective time will be offered to accommodate individual training requirements and career goals for each fellow.

The main training objective of the subspecialty is to give residents an organized, comprehensive, supervised, full-time educational experience. Our fellows will receive excellent training and will be exposed to clinical practice in a variety of institutional settings, evidence-based medicine practices, cutting-edge technologies—including advanced imaging and interventional techniques—and will have the chance to work closely with individual faculty members in pursuing interesting clinical research projects.