Program description

Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, offers a one-year Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship that provides training in the care of patients facing advanced and life-limiting diseases. The fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The fellowship is dedicated to developing competency in symptom management as well as communication skills in caring for patients and their families.

Features of Mayo Clinic's Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship include:

  • An active inpatient service providing consultations and ongoing management of patients with a variety of life-limiting illnesses. Mayo Clinic Hospital is a tertiary referral center with developed transplant programs and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to work with colleagues across many of the disciplines at Mayo Clinic. The palliative medicine division has a strong working relationship with the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases in caring for patients with advanced heart failure and left ventricular assist devices (LVADs).
  • The daily palliative medicine outpatient clinics provide consultations as well as longitudinal care.
  • The Supportive Care Infusion Center provides same-day appointments for patients requiring acute symptom management.
  • The fellowship is a collaborative program with Hospice of the Valley, a local hospice that is the largest not-for-profit hospice organization in the country. Hospice of the Valley provides the fellow with opportunities to care for patients in their homes as well as within palliative care units. Hospice of the Valley has a dedicated pediatric palliative care unit.
  • Sherman Home, an inpatient hospice and palliative care unit on the Mayo Clinic campus, offers acute inpatient symptom control and end-of-life care for patients enrolled in hospice.
  • Fellows have extensive didactic learning opportunities. Mayo Clinic hosts weekly Grand Round lectures. Grand Rounds presentations are offered via videoconference and include palliative medicine providers from local academic medical centers. Monthly journal clubs and case conferences are held via videoconference with colleagues at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Fellows work on an interdisciplinary team that includes social workers and chaplains who are dedicated exclusively to palliative medicine patients.
  • Fellows are given opportunities to work with chaplains in meeting the spiritual, religious and existential care needs of patients.
  • Fellows are able to participate in clinical research. Research projects are supported by mentors within the division as well as the Mayo Clinic Academic Support Office.


This fellowship fulfills the requirements for fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine as outlined by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine.

Fellows who complete the year successfully will be board-eligible to sit for the hospice and palliative medicine board exam through the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Program history

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona was established in 2007 and accepted its first trainee in 2008. Two fellows train in this program annually.

Sept. 04, 2015