Overview

Mayo Clinic Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows discussing a case

Program description

The one-year Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers clinical, didactic and research components that expose you to the essential elements of subspecialty-level hospice and palliative medicine.

The goal of the fellowship is to develop academic leaders in hospice and palliative medicine who have outstanding skills in clinical palliative medicine, research, medical education and administration.

Fellows who complete the clinical year are able to evaluate and manage patients across the continuum of palliative medicine. This includes inpatient, outpatient and consultative palliative medicine; inpatient and home-based hospice; and long-term care.

As a graduate of this fellowship, you will possess expertise in the areas of complex pain management, non-pain symptom management, pharmacology and complex communication skills. You are exposed to patients of all ages with a wide array of complex illnesses at many different stages of disease. You also have exposure to the business and administrative aspects of palliative care, as well as training in basic research skills, quality improvement and clinical education. Upon completion of the training, you will be equipped with skills that promote resiliency and self-care in order to continue to foster passion for your work throughout your career.

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education program within the Division of General Internal Medicine, part of the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Unique opportunities you have at Mayo:

  • The committed core teaching faculty is made up of board-certified palliative medicine physicians from several divisions and departments throughout Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester.
  • In addition to a rich clinical environment, the academic infrastructure and opportunities to develop skills as an academician are outstanding at Mayo Clinic generally and within the Department of Medicine and Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education specifically.
  • There are tremendous opportunities and outstanding mentorship in each of the three shields of Mayo Clinic: clinical practice, education and research.

Vision

  • The Mayo Clinic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship will provide pre-eminent 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.
Mayo Clinic hospice and palliative medicine faculty and fellows in conference

Accreditation

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and fulfills the requirements for fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine as outlined by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the ACGME's Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine.

Certification

After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take 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 Rochester, Minnesota, was established in 2007 and accepted its first fellow in 2008. Since 2008, we have grown to our current size of accepting three trainees each year.

Dec. 21, 2017