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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)

Training Sites:

Clinical Activities – Adult Fellowship:

Rotation Weeks
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
Elective 4
Academic Project (Quality Improvement, Education, Research) 4
Vacation & AAHPM meeting 4

Educational Activities:

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.