The Palliative Care Program is dedicated to training future leaders in the field of palliative care and hospice. The philosophy of our training program is to provide a strong core curriculum to all learners, and we are committed to working with each learner to develop an educational experience tailored to their unique career goals.

We offer three ACGME-accredited training Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship programs, both within the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania:

  • Traditional Fellowship Program
    Our traditional fellowship program is a one-year program open to applicants who have trained in a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Three physicians are accepted into the program per year.
  • Mid-Career Fellowship Program
    Our mid-career fellowship program is a competency-based, time-variable program that allows physicians to pursue fellowship training while maintaining their existing clinical and professional roles and responsibilities. This fellowship is currently limited to existing Penn Medicine physicians.
  • Combined Nephrology-Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program
    Our combined Nephrology-Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program is an innovative two-year training program that leads to Board eligibility in both Nephrology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. One physician is accepted into the program per year.

All fellows receive intensive training in the care of seriously ill patients and their families as part of an interdisciplinary team. They develop expertise in providing patient centered medical care, as well as advanced communication skills. In addition to providing excellent clinical training, fellows receive close mentoring from dedicated faculty and are encouraged to engage in mentored educational, scholarly, and quality improvement work during their fellowship. Fellows also participate in scholarly and quality improvement initiatives during their training experience.

We are also committed to helping fellows develop interests outside of medicine, and have developed a longitudinal wellness and self-care curriculum. The Palliative Care Program is committed to diversity and inclusion; underrepresented populations in medicine are especially encouraged to apply.

All fellowship graduates are eligible to sit for the HPM board exam. Applications are accepted through ERAS.

  • Leadership

    Meet the leadership team for the Palliative Care fellowship program.

  • Clinical Program

    The Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship offers intensive palliative medicine fellowship training.

  • Scholarly Activities and Mentorship

    Learn about the program's quality improvement projects, scholarly projects and presentations as well as the personal mentorship offered throughout the program.

  • Current Fellows

    Meet current Palliative Care faculty members and fellows and learn about fellowship alumni.

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