Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

The hospice and palliative medicine fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, fully-integrated adult and pediatric program that trains five fellows annually (three pediatric and two adult). The fellows gain broad and diverse training at seven institutionsincluding pediatric and adult inpatient, VA Medical Center, hospice residence, home hospice and ambulatory settings. Fellows gain knowledge and experience they need to deliver high quality care along the age and disease continuum. This include intensive symptom management, intetnional communication skills in discussion of goals of care, advance care planning, redirection of care and transition from a focus of cure to comfort.

Our mission is to train our fellows to provide this care with a compassionate patient- and family-centered approach while maintaining appropriate balance in self-care, self-reflection and professional boundaries. Fellows are also provided opportunities for training in health care advocacy and policy, professionally provided debrief sessions by someone unaffiliated with the fellowship program and ethics training.

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Research Interests

  • Bereavement
  • Pediatric palliative oncology
  • Communication and medical decision making of adolescent and young adults
  • Art and humanities and impact on provision of palliative care
  • Impact of integrative medicine in patient care
  • Communication in difficult decisions

Program Staff: Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Program Director

Pediatric Associate Program Director

Justin Baker, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM

Adult Associate Program Director

Clay Jackson, MD, MDipTh

Senior Associate Program Director

Amanda Linz, MD, MS, FAAP

Associate Program Director of Research

Erica Kaye, MD, MPH

Fellowship Coordinator

Haley Smith