Program description

If you are interested in learning to guide patients and families faced with incurable diseases and life-threatening illnesses in a patient-centered and compassionate manner grounded in evidence-based practice, Mayo Clinic's one-year Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is for you.

The primary goal of the fellowship is to train physicians in the principles of palliative care as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO): "The active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, other symptoms, and psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families."

Physicians who care for dying patients need to understand the principles of palliative medicine. As a palliative medicine fellow, you are immersed in an intense level of evaluation of the total patient and family unit, with special attention to their wide-ranging needs and appropriate treatment.

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, provides:

  • Comprehensive training in multidisciplinary holistic pain and symptom management of chronically and terminally ill patients
  • Training in the history of hospice and palliative medicine as they relate to current concepts of interdisciplinary, holistic symptom evaluation and management
  • A focus on both the patient and his or her family
  • An opportunity to work and study with a patient-focused team of professionals, including chaplains, medical social workers, psychologists, pharmacists and other allied health staff
  • Participation in the active and total care of patients of varying ages and socio-economic backgrounds whose diseases are not responsive to curative treatment
  • A practice setting in which you provide guidance in psychological, social and spiritual matters as a part of the holistic care, while embracing the patient's own beliefs and existential concerns
  • A diverse program with participation in an inpatient palliative care team, inpatient hospice team, outpatient palliative care team and outpatient hospice team serving patients in their homes, nursing facilities and assisted living centers


The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


When you successfully complete the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, you will be eligible for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine.

Program history

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida was established in 2004 and accepted its first trainee in 2005. One fellow completes this program annually.

July 21, 2015