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Pallative fellowship team 3

Clinical Program

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania aims to train future academicians by providing them with a breadth of clinical and educational experiences.

  • Penn Home Care and Hospice Services. Penn Medicine offers a full range of “at home” health care services, including specialized therapies and medications, for patients with cancer and cancer-related conditions. Learn more about Penn Medicine at Home.
  • Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation Service. Fellows will spend a minimum of four months with the interprofessional inpatient consultation teams at both the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Outpatient Clinic. Fellows will participate in the outpatient Supportive Oncology Clinic at Abramson Cancer Center, and in the Palliative Care Clinic at the Philadelphia VA. Fellows will follow new patients longitudinally in the ambulatory setting.
  • Long-Term Care. Fellows will learn how to provide palliative care for frail older adults residing in long-term care during dedicated time with the Penn Wissahickon Hospice long-term care affiliates and at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center Community Living Center. 
  • Other Required Rotations. Fellows spend two weeks learning about pediatric palliative care with the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania. A two week radiation oncology rotation focuses on palliative radiation and symptom management. Two weeks are dedicated to ICU palliative care in a medical intensive care unit.
  • Electives. Elective may design elective experiences based on their career interests and personal learning goals.  Elective time may also be spent returning to one of the core rotation sites for additional training based on the fellow's career goals.  Away electives of a maximum of four weeks may be arranged, but require approval.
  • Wellness Curriculum. Fellows will participated in experiential group sessions to discuss the important issues of self-care, burnout, and resilience.  Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in individual sessions with our Staff Support Coordinator.


  • Fellows attend regular health system-wide conferences including Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds, Palliative Care Seminar Series, Palliative Care Case Conference Series and Palliative Medicine Journal Club. 
  • Fellows participate in a series of intensive palliative medicine fellowship didactics focusing on core topics in symptom management and communication.
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