Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The ACGME accredited George Washington University Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a one year program that offers experience learning from expert faculty in varied clinical settings and prepares fellows as physician leaders, master teachers and quality improvement experts.

Fellowship Training Partners

Fellows work and learn with expert faculty across a variety of health care systems and in diverse clinical settings, including:

The George Washington University Hospital: As part of an interdisciplinary hospital-based inpatient palliative medicine consultation team serving  a diverse, urban patient population.

Capital Caring: Expert symptom management experience in the Inpatient Palliative Units and community hospice care experiences with expert hospice and palliative medicine leaders.

Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center:  Inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine consultations with a focus on VA system of care, person-centered care, and the veteran experience.

National Institutes of Health: Unparalleled exposure to complementary and integrative interdisciplinary palliative medicine team in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Children’s National Medical Center: Fellows gain pediatric palliative medicine exposure through a two-week rotation with the expert, interdisciplinary PANDA Palliative Care team in the care of infants, children, and young adults with serious illness (inpatient and outpatient consultative service).

Home Visits: GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) Medical House Call Program and the Washington DC VA Home-Based Primary Care Program provide experience in home-based care for seriously ill patients.

Continuity Clinic at Residences at Thomas Circle: providing primary care in collaboration with a 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 regularly scheduled conferences include:

  • GW palliative medicine interdisciplinary team meeting and conference
  • Department of Medicine Grand Rounds (VA and GW)
  • Life Conference (VA Weekly)

Scholarly Work

Faculty mentorship for scholarly work is abundant. All fellows develop at least one project for publication or presentation at the Annual Meeting of The American 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.

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.