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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.

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
 

 
  • 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
  • Weekly Professional Development series and Fellow Didactics (Tuesdays from 2-5PM)

    Our program has expanded the educational opportunities in order to more fully espouse the education mission of JHM/JHUSOM. This professional development series will take place on Tuesdays from 2-5PM.  There are both Zoom and in-person options for this series. Each Tuesday, two of the three hours will be dedicated to core Palliative Medicine didactic sessions.  They are different every week and taught by a variety of disciplines.

    • Section of Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds: First Tuesday of every month at 4PM
    • Section of Palliative Medicine Journal Club: Second Tuesday of every month starting 8/11/20 at 4PM
    • Care for the Caregiver: Third Tuesday of every month as per ACGME mandate, this is a fellows-only session
    • Psychosocial Rounds: Fourth Tuesday of each month: The overall goal of these rounds is to provide a forum for us to debrief cases that have had a personal impact on each of us so that we can learn from them.  To do this we will focus on our own responses to challenging case
    • Annual Palli-Talk Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
    • Annual Assemly AAHPM/HPNA (February 17-20,2021 in Denver, CO)
    • Johns Hopkins Hospital / Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
      • Acute inpatient hospital consultation services
      • Chronic Pain Service
      • Outpatient clinics
      • Electives
    • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
      • Acute inpatient hospital consultation services
      • Outpatient clinics
    • Gilchrist: Acute inpatient hospice unit and home hospice visits for both peds and adult track fellows
      • Gilchrist Center Towson - acute inpatient hospice unit
      • Gilchrist Home Hospice Team
      • Gilchrist Kids – home hospice + inpatient unit at Gilchrist Center Baltimore
      • Palliative consults in long-term care and subacute rehab setting
    • Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital: Pediatric rehabilitation hospital
    • Kennedy Krieger Institute: Ambulatory pediatric chronic pain clinic
    • Electives
  • Our program is deeply committed to ensuring our fellows learn in a supportive atmosphere that provides exceptional education, mentoring and focuses on wellness. As a HPM fellow at Hopkins, you will be mentored by a dedicated faculty with extraordinary expertise and a unique approach to patient centered care and research in a rich and interdisciplinary program. Our graduates assume leadership positions with great success in academic, research and private settings.

    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.

    We have a robust wellness program and counseling resources, in addition to Mindfulness Sessions that are an excellent resource to manage stress and anxiety. Dr. Neda Gould, faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is the Director of the Mindfulness Program, and this daily meditations are available to fellows in a virtual format.

    Wellness at Johns Hopkins

    Our program has a focus of inclusiveness and promotes diversity among faculty, staff and fellows, we provide a safe and welcoming environment for fellows of different cultures, backgrounds, including age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

    “Everybody is like somebody,
    Everybody is like nobody,
    Everybody is like everybody.”

    - A Buddhist proverb

  • A unique combination of the old and the new, Baltimore is a national showcase for urban renewal and ethnic tradition. The city’s most popular attraction is the Inner Harbor, which includes enclosed food and shopping pavilions, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the acclaimed Oriole Park Baseball Stadium at Camden Yards, as well as the Baltimore Ravens football stadium. Yet, to the native Baltimorean, it is the city’s ethnic neighborhoods and restaurants, row houses with marble steps, and Chesapeake Bay crabs that best describe Baltimore.

    Learn more about what Baltimore has to offer here.

  • With a 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. Funding is also available for fellows to attend conferences. GME covers comprehensive medical insurance for all house staff and dependents.

  • Applications are only accepted through ERAS

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Hospice and Palliative Program
    600 N. Wolfe Street, Blalock 359
    Baltimore, MD 21287

    Program Director: Danielle J. Doberman, MD, MPH, HMDC
    Assoc Program Director, Peds: Renee Boss, MD, MHS
    Assoc Program Director, Adult: Corey Tapper, MD, MS
    Palliative Fellowship Coord: Christina Kennon (ckennon2@jhmi.edu)
    Phone: 410-955-8305
    Fax: 410-955-2098


 

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. Students participate in a hospice home or inpatient visit and will have time for self-reflection. Invited speakers from the community will also participate.

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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 and Hospice

Clinical experiences may include the following:

  1. Inpatient consultations at JHH
  2. Inpatient PC unit rotations at Gilchrist Hospice
  3. PC outpatient clinic at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and JHOC
  4. Home PC visits.

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

 

For More Information

Christina Kennon
Program Coordinator
600 N. Wolfe St., Blalock 359
Baltimore, MD 21287-0005
Phone: 410-955-8305
Email: ckennon2@jhmi.edu
Fax: 410-955-2098
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