Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Our one-year, clinical fellowship program is accredited in Palliative Medicine by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We prepare physicians to become skilled clinician-educators and researchers in preparation for a career in academic palliative medicine or community practice. Applicants who have successfully completed training in any of the following boards will be equally considered for our program: Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Fellows work as part of interdisciplinary teams in a hospital consultation service, hospital inpatient unit and palliative care outpatient clinic, and inpatient and home hospice with additional elective opportunities to gain a solid foundation in palliative medicine practice. Our team members include physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, volunteers and mental health providers. Palliative Medicine is practiced in hospital consultation services, hospices, nursing homes and outpatient clinics.

Candidates with an interest in academic medicine will be provided additional training and mentoring in medical education and have special training opportunities with respect to VA geriatric special fellowship where a second year academic focus may be gained.

Rotation Months Location
Inpatient Palliative Care Consults 6 Veteran’s Administration (4 months)

Emory University Hospital (1 month)

Emory University Hospital Midtown (1 month)

Pediatric Palliative Care 1 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite
Inpatient Hospice 1 VistaCare Hospice at Emory University Hospital and Emory Midtown
Home Hospice 1 VistaCare Hospice
Long Term Care 1 Veteran’s Administration
Elective/Selective 2 months Varied
Total 12 months  
Palliative Care Continuity Clinic (½ day/week for all weeks of fellowship excluding vacation) Veteran’s Administration

Fellowship Didactics

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship has weekly didactics on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30am and taught by our Palliative Medicine faculty of all disciplines as well as guest speakers with particular expertise within and outside of the Emory community.

Our didactics are dedicated to the core curriculum in Hospice and Palliative Medicine as outlined by the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Core Competencies -

Opportunities for Research/Scholarship

Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows are encourage and supported to examine original questions they may explore with respect to clinical care, education, quality and policy to advance the field of hospice and palliative medicine. All fellows are financially supported to attend the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting and have a paid annual membership to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine to support their learning and growth.

Applications must include at a minimum

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (sent directly from the person making the recommendation - one must be from the Program Director)
  • Copy of USLME Step 1, 2, and 3 exam results
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate
  • Copy of medical degree
  • Evidence of US citizenship, residency or valid educational visa

Applications will be selected by the Fellowship Director or Associate Fellowship Director for interview and will be interviewed by members of the faculty, current fellows and Fellowship Committee.

Final selection of fellows will be made based on academic credentials, letters of recommendation and feedback from interview scores.

How to apply

The Emory Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program accepts applications from the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). If you choose to apply outside of ERAS, please click the application link here for fillable pdf.