Welcome to the University of North Carolina Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. The fields of hospice and palliative care are rapidly expanding to meet the symptom, support and communication needs of patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Given these needs and opportunities for clinical, educational and research leadership, we are excited that you are considering hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training as the next step in your career development.
UNC’s program is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship developed in partnership with Transitions LifeCare (originally founded as Hospice of Wake County) to ensure that fellows receive outstanding palliative medicine and hospice training with diverse patient populations and clinical settings. An educational curriculum on symptom management, communication skills training, interprofessional care of patients and families and self-care complements the clinical rotations. In addition, eleven Hospice and Palliative Medicine board-certified faculty at UNC and Transitions and multiple interprofessional team members are dedicated educators committed to promoting fellows’ professional and personal growth. Fellows will be eligible to obtain board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the completion of their training.
Chapel Hill and the Triangle region of North Carolina are consistently ranked as highly desirable places to live and work. There are innumerable recreational, cultural and athletic events (depending on your favorite shade of blue) to enjoy and restaurants to savor, and we promise to introduce you to at least one during your interview visit. In addition, the Outer Banks and the Blue Ridge Mountains are within driving distance for a weekend outing.
Within the past few years, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh have all been featured in a New York Times series describing what to do when you have 36 hours to get to know a city.
We welcome any questions about UNC’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, and appreciate your interest in our program!
Gary Winzelberg, MD MPH