Hospice and Palliative Medicine Education

Graduate Medical Education

The Johns Hopkins Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Fellowship Training Program received initial accreditation from the ACGME in 2012 and continued accreditation in 2015 and 2023. The goal of our program is to train specialist palliative medicine physicians who excel as clinicians, teachers, team members, and leaders. We also hold the goal of developing lifelong learners and catalysts for improving the quality of hospice and palliative medicine across the lifespan and within health systems.


Program Overview

The HPM fellowship program is a 12-month clinical fellowship. The program includes rotations at different facilities, providing a diversity of clinical settings, patient demographics and acuity. Each site has a dedicated HPM Fellowship site director to guide and mentor the fellow through their rotation. Physician faculty members are all specialized in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and provide clinical supervision and teaching as attending physicians for each of the clinical rotations. Fellows work as members of strong interdisciplinary teams in all settings. Fellows who focus on adult HPM, and those who focus on pediatric HPM, rotate to similar locations. All fellows meet together in a weekly seminar, promoting peer learning from a diversity of training backgrounds.

Meet our current fellows

Welcome from Dr. Corey Tapper

  • 12-month clinical fellowship
  • Diversity of settings, patient demographics and actuity
  • Each site has a dedicated HPM site director
  • Physician faculty members are all specialized in HPM
  • Fellows work as members of strong interdisciplinary teams
  • Adult HPM and Pediatric HPM Fellows rotate to similar locations


Undergraduate Medical Education


TIME Course

This clinical four-day course is offered twice a year to ensure that every student has the opportunity to complete it before graduation. Students must have completed at least one core clerkship before taking this course in the eighth week of a core clerkship block. The interdisciplinary faculty use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, assigned reading, team-based learning, small group interactions and use of standardized patients. Invited speakers from the community will also participate. HPM fellows serve as teaching assistants and serve as preceptors to simulated patient encounters.

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3rd - 4th Year Clinical Elective

The elective will provide an introduction to Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the newest and the fastest-growing medical specialty. Over 90% of hospitals now have Palliative Care programs based on the randomized clinical trial evidence that shows better quality of life, better quality of care, lower cost and even improved survival compared to usual care. Communication about serious topics, advanced symptom management, and interdisciplinary care with chaplains, social workers, and advanced practice nurses. Research opportunities into clinical symptom control (dyspnea, pain, neuropathic pain) and quality improvement (measuring and improving care in the hospital) may be arranged upon request. The curriculum will emphasize the evidence base behind Palliative Care.

Clinical experiences may include the following:

  1. Inpatient consultations at JHH
  2. Inpatient PC unit rotations at Gilchrist Hospice
  3. PC outpatient clinic at Skip Viragh Building and Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
  4. Home PC visits

Course Type: Clinical Research
Course Director: Danielle Doberman, MD, MPH, HMDC
Availability/Duration: 2-4 weeks
Drop Period: 1 month

Contact Us for More Information

Angel Williams
Sr. Administrative Coordinator/Fellowship Coordinator
600 N. Wolfe St., Blalock 359
Baltimore, MD 21287-0005
Phone: 410-955-3719
Email: [email protected]