Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship

The Division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care at the VCU School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship training program in hospice and palliative care medicine. Our fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The hospice and palliative care fellow will learn palliative care techniques through direct patient care on the Thomas Palliative Care Unit, as well as the palliative care consultation service. The fellows staff a weekly Pain and Symptom Management Continuity Clinic, mentored by pain and palliative care specialist Leanne Yanni. Home and nursing home hospice experience occurs on a regular basis through visits with the area’s local hospices. The palliative care experience offers ongoing training in long-term care and geriatrics and is focused on ethics and goals of care.

Each fellow spends two weeks a month at the VCU Medical Center on the Thomas Palliative Care unit, providing inpatient care and consultation; one week a month at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, and one week a month on electives, participating in research, reading, teaching and providing hospice care. Electives include oncology care, radiation therapy, interventional pain management, spirituality and pastoral care, ethics consultation, and others.

Currently, fellows work with Hospice of Virginia, attending interdisciplinary team conferences, rounding on the inpatient hospice service, making home and nursing home visits and providing care as the primary hospice physician for many patients in several Central Virginia hospice programs.

The fellow is required to participate in both a scholarly and quality project in the area of his or her choice, with careful and attentive mentoring by palliative care attendings. The fellow is provided with administrative support and protected time for these projects. The palliative care fellow is also directly involved in education of medical students and residents from internal medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics.