Hospice Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The ACGME accredited George Washington University Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a one year program that offers a variety of clinical settings and prepares fellows to assume roles of physician leaders, master teachers and quality improvement experts.

Integrative Hospice Palliative Medicine Fellowship Track: A unique track is available for up to two Fellows which offers comprehensive training in Integrative Medicine at GW and VA integrative settings.


Fellows work and learn with expert faculty across diverse clinical settings, including:

  • Palliative Medicine Consult Team, George Washington University Hospital: Rich experience in delivering inpatient palliative medicine consultation to a diverse patient population.
  • Capital Caring Inpatient Unit: Busy inpatient unit run by outstanding hospice and palliative medicine physicians.
  • Washington DC VA Palliative Medicine Consult Team: Complex consultations with focus on person-centered care and use of narrative medicine. Fellows practice master teacher skills with rotating students and residents.
  • NIH Palliative Care Service: Unparallelled exposure to complementary and integrative interdisciplinary team in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Home Visits: Fellows also gain exposure to home care through the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) Medical House Call Program and the Washington DC VA Home-Based Primary Care Program
  • Palliative Medicine Team, Virginia Hospital Center: Teaching hospital in North Arlington with established palliative medicine team, provides in-depth training in billing and coding for palliative medicine.
  • Washington Home and Community Hospice: provides training in both inpatient and home settings in one of the region’s premiere and most established hospice and nursing home facilities. 
  • Home Based Primary Care, Washington DC VA:  fellow s gain extensive home care experience and work with interdisciplinary teams to provide continuity care.
  • Palliative Oncology, Washington DC VA:  fellows team up with the reknowned oncology team to provide integrated, person-centered cancer care.
  • Continuity Clinic at Residences at Thomas Circle:  providing primary care in collaboration with Community Hospice team to residents in independent, assisted and skilled nursing levels of care.

Didactic and Interactive Teaching

Weekly interactive conferences are held Monday afternoons at the Washington DC VA Medical Center.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Hospice/Palliative Medicine
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Journal Club
  • Master Teacher Training
  • Quality Improvement
  • Board Review
  • Autopsy conferences

Other regular conferences include:

  • GW IDT meeting
  • GW weekly
  • Palliative Medicine conference
  • VA weekly Life Conference
  • GW Medicine Grand Rounds
  • VA Medicine Grand Rounds

Integrative Medicine:

All Fellows have exposure to integrative medicine through didactic conferences and clinical experiences at both GW and the VA.

Scholarly Work

Faculty mentorship for scholarly work is abundant. All fellows are required to develop at least one project for publication or presentation at the Annual meeting of The Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Quality Improvement Projects

Fellows are mentored by faculty to participate in Quality Improvement Projects in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams throughout the year.

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Eligibility Requirement

Must be board eligible or board certified physicians with backgrounds in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, anesthesiology, neurology, physiatry, and emergency medicine. J1 visas sponsored only.