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

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

Overview
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 appointmentcompletion of a residency program in child neurology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, or radiation oncology; or, at least three clinical years in residency program in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, radiology, or surgery.
  • unrestricted state medical licenses and the ability to be licensed in 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 the following: inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine rotations at the NIH Clinical Center (approximately half the academic year); inpatient palliative medicine rotations at community Holy Cross Hospital (12 weeks); home hospice and inpatient hospice (10 weeks) rotations at Montgomery Hospice; and long-term-care (4 weeks) rotation at Hebrew Home. 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, biofeedback, guided imagery, Reiki, and art therapy
  • The faculty is committed to trainees' growth as a Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician. Fellows receive in-depth, longitudinal psychosocial-spiritual learning, with opportunities to assess patients’ and families’ physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs as well as reflecting on their own experiences and personal growth. The interdisciplinary psychosocial spiritual curriculum includes (but not limited to): collaborations with spiritual care department, case-based psychotherapeutic supervision with social worker, communication workshop, and empathy simulation workshop.
  • Longitudinal educational and clinical collaboration with NIMH Psychiatry Consult Liaison Service
  • Fellows get upstream palliative care experience and often see patients earlier in their disease course. Fellows have the opportunity to follow patients over months and even throughout their entire fellowship year. While NIH Clinical Center provides the upstream symptom management experience, this is balanced with experiences at Holy Cross Hospital, where fellows participate in and lead family meetings. The strengths of our various rotation sites provide our fellows with a well-rounded educational experience.

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. The application deadline is October 31.

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

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This page last updated on 09/14/2021

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