Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Department of Internal Medicine

The hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program provides a rigorous and interdisciplinary fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine. The fellowship trains physicians in palliative care which aims to reduce the burdens of life limiting conditions by supporting the best quality of life.

Our program was established in 2008 and has full ACGME accreditation. This is a small and close-knit fellowship with strong faculty support. The fellowship is committed to diversity in training and education. Our fellows have come from varied career paths including new graduates, mid-career and multi-career physicians, internists, family practitioners, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, M.D.s and D.O.s. We accept three fellows per year.

The hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program is designed to further training in the management of factors that contribute to the suffering of the patient and the patient's family through the course of the illness. The fellowship experience includes acquiring the central skills of providing assistance with medical decision-making, prevention (when possible), assessment and management of physical, psychosocial and spiritual distress faced by individuals and their families.

Notable hospice and palliative medicine program features, per ACGME requirements, encompass the following:

  1. High levels of expertise in addressing the multidimensional needs of people with life-threatening illnesses, including a practical skill set in symptom control interventions
  2. High levels of expertise in both clinical and non-clinical issues related to advanced illness, the dying process and bereavement
  3. Commitment to an interdisciplinary team approach
  4. Strong focus on the individual and family as the unit of care

If you are interested in applying to our hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program, please use the ERAS application.

For questions about the program, please contact Program Coordinator, Sneha Sharma, (775) 327-5174.