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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

A sub-specialty training program for physicians who are interested in becoming board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The Hospice & Palliative Medicine 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.

We accept two fellows per year.

Goals and Objectives

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 serious, life limiting medical conditions across a variety of health care settings.

These goals and objectives are primarily accomplished through direct patient care as a member of multidisciplinary care teams assembled to meet the unique medical, spiritual, and emotional needs  of the patient and family to improve quality of life.

Fellows will be a valuable member of the patient's diverse care team which also includes nurses, social workers, chaplains, family members, and specialists from a variety of medical specialties.

Curriculum

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program is a newly approved ACGME program as of September 2020.

The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed ACGME and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine measurable outcomes for core competencies. Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will be eligible to register for the Hospice and Palliative Care initial board certification examination.

Fellows will rotate through inpatient, outpatient, home-based and long-term care settings throughout their training and learning objectives for the rotations will include relevant aspects of transitions of care for each setting. They will also start their training with hospice and long-term care rotations so they can acquire knowledge needed to fully understand the breadth of services offered across the continuum of health care and recognize the important interplay between sites of care.

Fellows will participate in an integrated educational learning environment designed to promote professional development and continued acquisition of medical knowledge.

Activities will include

  • Weekly hospice and palliative medicine conferences
  • Journal clubs
  • Research seminars
  • Workshops
  • Fellows case conference

Each of these activities includes direct interaction with program faculty who can provide direct feedback and performance assessments both in writing and verbally.

Special emphasis will be placed on learning about and understanding the social determinants of health with our service area while gaining hands on experience working with community organizations such as the Area Agency on Aging and the Mobile Integrated Health program.

Facility

Fellows will spend a total of ten months training at our core site at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Temple which includes both inpatient and ambulatory Hospice and Palliative Medicine services.

Located approximately 1.5 miles from our core site, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Hospital provides inpatient and specialty outpatient care to pediatric patients. Fellows will also participate in patient care at a variety of community settings including patients’ homes and long-term care facilities in our service area. 

  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's top hospitals in Texas

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple is a 640-bed teaching and research hospital with a Level I trauma center.

How to Apply

We use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to electronically accept fellowship applications, letters of recommendations, dean’s letters, transcripts and other credentials directly from your medical school.


Application Eligibility 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.

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our fellows a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Temple

Temple uniquely offers a combination of access to big-city conveniences while maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Temple has also been ranked among the Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas and one of America's most affordable places of 2015.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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