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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Education

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The American Board of Medical Specialties recognized hospice and palliative medicine as a medical specialty in 2006. Hospice and palliative medicine is one of the fastest growing specialties. More than 84 percent of hospitals have a palliative care program.

Johns Hopkins Medicine offers the following education programs in palliative care:

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Program Fellowship
  • Advanced practice nurse training
  • Pharmacist training

From the Center to Advance Palliative Care,; used by permission.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

First begun in 2012, the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a collaboration of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Gilchrist Hospice Care.

Medical school graduates who wish to specialize in hospice and palliative medicine must complete a residency in medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, surgery or radiation oncology. Then, they must complete a one-year fellowship in hospice and palliative care, do sufficient practice, and pass the American Board of Medical Specialists exam in hospice and palliative medicine.

We particularly encourage mid-career professionals to apply for this fellowship.

The mission of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is to educate physicians who are:

  • Competent to act as hospice and palliative medicine physicians.
  • Familiar with palliative care systems in academic, public, private and veterans’ affairs sectors.
  • Lifelong learners and teachers, evolving, strengthening and sharing hospice and palliative medicine knowledge and skills.
  • Proficient in techniques of interdisciplinary leadership and quality improvement.
  • Catalysts for improving outcomes of hospice and palliative care in the health care systems where they work.
  • Leaders in palliative care education, service and research.

The program accepts up to five fellows a year. Participants receive expert training in a wide variety of venues, from home care to managing patients who are on the most high-tech extracorporeal mechanical oxygenation and left ventricular assist devices. Each fellow will do a quality improvement or practice-based improvement project as part of his or her research assignment.

To Apply

Applicants should use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to apply.


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Current Fellows 

  • Eric Hansen 
  • Elizabeth Higgins 
  • Melissa Teply 
  • Arun Singh 
  • Silvana Barone 

Research Project Examples

Current research projects include:

  • A database for all patients receiving palliative radiation from 2007 to 2012 to study patterns of care
  • Quality of care in oncology patients eligible for palliative care
  • Autonomy and/or paternalism in do not resuscitate (DNR) decisions
  • Quality-of-life assessments in adults with leukemia


The fellowship is funded by:

  • The Hearst Foundation, with funds matched by a private donor, to create a special Hospice and Palliative Care Program Fellowship for a doctor interested in a career in academic geriatric palliative care
  • The Ho/Chiang Foundation, to support an extra year of research in academic palliative care after Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship training
  • The Lerner Foundation
  • The Veterans Administration

Pharmacist Training

The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Department of Pharmacy offers a PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program in Pain Management and Palliative Care. The program is designed to provide advanced training in clinical pharmacy practice focused on patient care, clinical research, and education in pain and palliative care. 

For More Information

Gaurav Singh
Program Coordinator
600 N. Wolfe St., Blalock 369
Baltimore, MD  21287-0005
Phone: 410-955-2097
Fax: 410-955-2098