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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Education

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2020-2021 Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Fellows

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

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.

The program has a very flexible vacation policy of four weeks which aims to accommodate those who need to sit for National Board exams. Fellows can use their vacation in one or two-week blocks, but unused vacation time does not carry over to a subsequent academic year, nor are unused days 'paid out.'


Clinical Settings

  1. Johns Hopkins Hospital / Johns Hopkins Children's Center: Acute inpatient hospital consultation services, outpatient clinics
  2. Gilchrist Hospice Care (adult) & Gilchrist Kids (pediatric): Acute inpatient hospice unit and home hospice visits for both peds and adult track fellows
  3. Gilchrist Services: Palliative consults in long-term care and subacute rehab (adult track)
  4. Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital: Pediatric rehabilitation hospital (pediatric track)
  5. Kennedy Krieger Institute: Ambulatory pediatric chronic pain clinic
  6. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Acute inpatient hospital consultation services (adult track)
  7. Johns Hopkins Chronic Pain Service

Supervisory and Patient Care Responsibilities

  • Fellows provide consultative care under the supervision of the attending physician
  • Fellows provide direct care for inpatients on dedicated hospice units under the supervision of the attending physician
  • Fellows work as members of the interdisciplinary clinical team
  • Fellows teach but do not supervise residents and medical students

Didactic Sessions (Adult and Pediatric Fellows)

  • HPM-specific lectures (weekly)
  • HPM journal club (monthly)
  • 'Care for the Caregiver' self-care and reflection (weekly)
  • Pediatric departmental grand rounds (weekly) or Medicine and Oncology departmental grand rounds (weekly)

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Acute inpatient palliative care 4 months Johns Hopkins Children's Center Johns Hopkins Hospital
Dedicated inpatient hospice unit

1 month peds
2 months adult

Gilchrist Hospice Care

Gilchrist Hospice Care

Home hospice care 25 home hospice visits Gilchrist kids Gilchrist Hospice Care — Home Hospice
Long-term care 1 month Mount Washington Pediatrics Rehab Hospital Gilchrist Services, palliative and hospice care in LTC/NH/SNF
Ambulatory palliative care 6 months

Johns Hopkins  Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic

Kennedy Krieger Institute — Pediatric Pain Clinic

Johns Hopkins — Outpatient Palliative Care Clinics

1 month peds
6 weeks adult

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Pain Service Multiple options; includes required experience in pediatric hospice and palliative care at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and with Gilchrist Kids
Quality improvement activity Each fellow is required to participate in a quality improvement activity
Scholarly project Option to work with a faculty mentor in ongoing scholarly work of the department

For More Information

Christina Kennon
Program Coordinator
600 N. Wolfe St., Blalock 359
Baltimore, MD 21287-0005
Phone: 410-955-8305
Fax: 410-955-2098
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