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Hospice And Palliative Medicine Fellowship

A fellowship program for physicians who are interested in becoming board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The Hospice & Palliative Medicine (HPM) Fellowship Program strives to provide exemplary multidisciplinary clinical care to seriously ill patients across the continuum of care, deliver effective educational programs and promote the well-being of providers, patients, families and communities.

The overall goals and objectives for hospice and palliative medicine fellows are to achieve significant experience in the diagnosis and ongoing management of adult and pediatric patients with multiple medical conditions across a variety of health care settings. These goals and objectives are primarily aimed at gaining experience with the daily management and provision of continuity care to patients with life-limiting illnesses through the use of multidisciplinary care teams assembled to meet the unique medical, spiritual, and emotional quality of life wishes of the patient. Fellows will be a valuable member of the patient's diverse care team which also includes social workers, chaplains, family members, and specialists from a variety of medical specialties.

The Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship is a newly established ACGME Accredited program in 2021. The Fellowship enrolled its first two fellows July 2022. Fellows who successfully complete the program will be board certification eligible.

Curriculum

The Supportive & Palliative Care (SPC) team at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, part of Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System is a robust multidisciplinary team, serving both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The inpatient team consists of a consult team that serves patients throughout the 914 licensed beds. The average number of inpatients seen by the SPC consult team is about 185 per month, and consults are received from a wide variety of medical specialties caring for hospitalized patients. Our team is integrated into the care of advanced heart failure patients being evaluated for surgical advanced heart failure therapies and we collaborate closely with all intensive care teams. Our institution also has both a strong Oncology presence, with Texas Oncology originating on our campus, as well as one of the most robust and advanced transplant programs in the nation (Bone Marrow, Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, and Uterus). Fellows will round with board-certified/board-eligible, fellowship trained palliative medicine faculty on both the primary service and consult service during their training and have opportunities to learn alongside medical students, residents and fellows rotating with the team.

The outpatient SPC clinic operates 5 days a week, seeing a variety of patients referred to us for ongoing complex symptom management and longitudinal goals of care exploration. On average, fellows will participate in 2 clinic sessions (1 clinic session = 4 hours) each week during their inpatient rotation and beginning after their second month of fellowship. For true continuity purposes, they will be paired with a single attending, in order to accomplish as much longitudinal exposure, of patients, as possible.

Fellows will also garner geriatric patient exposure and management through a combined approach of a geriatric house calls program, and nursing home rotation.

The pediatric experience of the HPM fellowship is a collaborative effort with Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. The total duration of the rotation is 4 weeks and will entail both inpatient and outpatient clinical support of children with life limiting illnesses.

The multidisciplinary professionals composing the SPC team include: chaplains, licensed clinical social workers, child life specialists and Advanced Practice Professionals (APP’s, to include both APRN’s and PA’s).

Fellows will have a 3 week immersion experience with Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) Hospice and a total of 7 weeks of outpatient hospice with VNA for a longitudinal experience managing hospice patients, including home visits, and attending IDT meetings under the supervision of the hospice medical director team.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the ERAS system. The fellowship Match will take place in December 2021


Application Eligability and Requirements

  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program, AOA- approved residency program, ACGME-I residency program, RCPSC or CFPC approved residency in Canada. 
  • Ability to provide verified ACGME, ACME-I or CanMEDS Milestone evaluations from the core residency program. 
  • Completion of a residency in one of the following specialties: child neurology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, or radiation oncology; or at least three clinical years in residency program in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, radiology, or surgery. 
  • Complete ERAS application.
 

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Blosson Quinn
Program Administrator
214.820.8938
Blossom.Quinn@BSWHealth.org

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