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Graduate Medical Education (GME): National Institutes of Health Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Program Director:
Ann Berger, MSN, MD; Chief of Pain and Palliative Care Service, NIH Clinical Center

Associate Program Director:
M. Jennifer Cheng, MD, Senior Attending Physician

This fellowship program is designed for candidates who have academic and clinical career goals in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Fellows gain hospice and palliative medicine expertise as they provide consultations for medical, psychological, and spiritual concerns and coordinate team-based, holistic integrative approaches. Palliative care services are provided to adults and children through multiple settings, including inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, and day-hospital clinics. Trainees encounter patients with common and rare diseases from all walks of life, and in both research and community settings. Candidates must have:

  • a MD or DO degree from an ACGME-accredited medical school
  • satisfactorily completed three postgraduate years of training at the time of appointment
  • ABMS board eligibility or certification in one of the following specialties: internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, oncology, anesthesiology, surgery, or radiation oncology
  • unrestricted state medical licenses and the ability to be licensed in Washington DC and Maryland by the beginning of training.

Program Structure
This one year fellowship program offers training that leads to board eligibility in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Fellows receive broad, practical experience in palliative medicine and hospice care through inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine rotations at the NIH Clinical Center (approximately half the academic year), inpatient palliative medicine rotations at community Suburban Hospital (12 weeks), and home hospice (4 weeks), inpatient hospice (6 weeks), and long-term-care hospice (4 weeks) rotations at Washington Home and Community hospices. The fellowship includes a four-week elective rotation.
Additional program highlights:

  • Fellows are expected to demonstrate academic proficiency through literature review, a peer-review quality journal article, a book chapter, or other professional writing project, or a limited and closely-mentored research project
  • Fellows are exposed to and learn about complementary therapies such as acupuncture, relaxation therapy, hypnosis, biofeedback, guided imagery, Reiki, and art therapy
  • Longitudinal self-care activities through confidential, individual meetings with social worker and chaplain
  • Longitudinal educational and clinical collaboration with NIMH Psychiatry Consult Liaison Service

Application Information
This program participates in the ERAS system and all applications to this fellowship should be completed through ERAS. The completed application must include three letters of recommendation. The program also participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP). Additional information about the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship application cycle and deadlines can be obtained directly from the ERAS website.

Currently we do not sponsor J-1 Visa. Fellows receive a stipend based on the salary guidelines of the National Institutes of Health PGY4 level salary.

Program Contact

M. Jennifer Cheng, M.D., Associate Program Director
NIH Clinical Center
10 Center Drive, Room 2-1733
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-594-9767
Fax: 301-594-9807

This page last reviewed on 10/16/2015

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