Department of Family and Social Medicine

Palliative Care

The Program

The palliative care fellowship is a 1-year joint training program with Montefiore Medical Center and Visiting Nurse Services Hospice, providing fellows with a comprehensive experience in clinical practice. The program has adopted the standards of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the ACGME. After completing the fellowship, the trainee will possess the skills necessary to become board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The trainee will be ready for both clinical and academic careers in hospice and palliative medicine. The program includes rotations through the inpatient consultation service, palliative care unit, HIV medicine, substance abuse services, pediatrics, hospice and bioethics.


The Service

The palliative care fellowship provides its trainees with expertise in palliative medicine in one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country. The diverse cultural and ethnic background of the patients and families served enriches the clinical experience. Our mission is to provide comprehensive care, research, and education across the continuum of care. The pain management service, the 15-bed in-patient unit, and the emergency room consultation project are an integral part of our program. We are a service without walls. We provide care in nursing homes, emergency departments, and critical care units. and in the HIV, chronic pain and cancer pain clinics. We recently introduced a volunteer doula program as well as complementary and alternative medicine services. Our interdisciplinary clinical team includes 4 physicians, 2 nurse practitioners and 2 social workers. The inpatient team consults on an average of 150 patients per month.

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