Overview

Hospice and palliative medicine faculty at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona

From left to right: Shiri Etzioni, M.D.; Sara E. Wordingham, M.D.; Tom R. Fitch, M.D.; Mark K. Edwin, M.D.; and Masood A. Kisana, M.D.

Program description

Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, 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 a collaborative program with Hospice of the Valley, the largest not-for-profit hospice organization in the country. Hospice of the Valley provides opportunities to care for patients in their homes as well as within palliative care units such as Sherman Home.

The fellowship is dedicated to developing your competency in symptom management as well as communication skills in caring for patients and their families. The goal of the fellowship is to develop academic leaders in palliative medicine.

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, a tertiary referral center with developed transplant programs, and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center
  • The palliative medicine division, which has a strong working relationship with the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases in caring for patients with advanced heart failure and left ventricular assist devices (LVADs)
  • Daily palliative medicine outpatient clinics that provide consultations as well as longitudinal care
  • The Supportive Care Infusion Center, which provides same-day appointments for patients requiring acute symptom management
  • The Sherman Home, an inpatient hospice and palliative care unit located on the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix, which offers acute inpatient symptom control and end-of-life care for patients enrolled in hospice
  • Clinical research with research projects supported by mentors as well as staff in the Mayo Clinic Academic Support Office
Bronze statues of the Mayo brothers

Vision

  • The Mayo Clinic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship will provide outstanding education in the art and science of palliative medicine in order to develop leaders and role models to advance the field of palliative medicine.

Mission

  • Produce unparalleled academic hospice and palliative medicine physicians who excel in the practice and administration of comprehensive, patient-focused, subspecialty-level palliative medicine encompassing the tenets of all three Mayo Clinic shields: clinical practice, education and research.
  • Generate hospice and palliative medicine physicians who embody the central ideology of Mayo Clinic, "The needs of the patient come first."
  • Equip hospice and palliative medicine fellows with the skills of resiliency and self-care, allowing them to sustain their passion for hospice and palliative medicine throughout a long and rewarding career.
  • Foster unparalleled professionalism and team-based care by maintaining an interdisciplinary environment of inclusion, equity, integrity, diversity and respect.

Accreditation

The program fulfills the training requirements as defined by the American Board of Medical Specialties and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Program history

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona, was established in 2007 and accepted its first trainee in 2008. We are currently accepting two fellows annually.

July 14, 2017