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Palliative Medicine Fellowship (Florida)

Program Description
If you are interested in compassionately helping patients face end-of-life issues and conditions involving chronic pain, Mayo Clinic's 12-month Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program will comprehensively train you to care for patients with life-limiting diseases.

The overriding 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 will be 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.

Mayo Clinic's Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program 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 related to current concepts of interdisciplinary, holistic symptom evaluation and management.
  • Focus on both the patient and their 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 whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment.
  • A practice setting in which you will 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.


When you successfully complete the Mayo Clinic Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, you will be eligible to take the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Examination in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Program History

The Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville was established in 2004 and accepted its first trainee in 2005. Going forward, it is anticipated, that one fellow will complete this program annually.

See also:

  • ART451210