Overall Goal: To prepare physicians to become leaders in the fields of hospice and palliative medicine through a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship emphasizing:
- Diversity of training experiences and patient populations
- Didactic education and faculty mentoring in symptom management, interprofessional team functions and communication skills
- Skills development in teaching and quality improvement necessary for academic and community-based practice careers.
Number of Fellows: 4 per year (3 adult, 1 pediatrics track)
Clinical Activities – Adult Fellowship:
|UNC Palliative Care Consult Service||14-16|
|UNC Inpatient Hospice||2-4|
|UNC Outpatient Oncology Palliative Care Clinic||1/2 day a week; minimum 6 months|
|Transitions LifeCare (inpatient hospice, home & long-term care hospice and palliative care)||12|
|WakeMed Hospitals Palliative Care Consult Service||2|
|NC Children’s Hospital Supportive Care Team||2|
|UNC Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Consultation Service||2|
|Academic Project (Quality Improvement, Education, Research)||4|
|Vacation & AAHPM meeting||4|
- One half-day per week is protected for academic activities, including Palliative Care Grand Rounds
- Self-Care and Resiliency Workshop (half-day, monthly)
- Schwartz Rounds – monthly
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Annual Assembly – the program reimburses conference expenses
Teaching & Academic Activities:
- Develop presentations on palliative care topics for health professionals and community audiences with faculty support and supervision.
- Lead evidence-based case discussions and journal clubs.
- Receive education in quality improvement methodology with opportunities to complete a project with faculty mentoring.
- Facilitate workshops on goals of care communication, sharing bad news and giving feedback for medical students and residents with faculty supervision.