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Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Hospice and Palliative Medicine — St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center is a one year program designed to train physicians to perform thorough clinical and diagnostic assessments, provide high quality, evidence-based, compassionate patient care, and demonstrate life-long learning in this evolving subspecialty field. Through the course of fellowship training, a fellow is expected to acquire progressively increasing competency in knowledge, professional attitudes, and skills in the hospice and palliative medicine discipline. Completion of the training program is based on the achievement of program-specific competencies and performance parameters, including specific cognitive, clinical, technical skills and professional and ethical conduct, as measured in periodical evaluations. 

The curriculum for this fellowship is structured to ensure a wide spectrum of clinical exposure in various hospice and palliative medicine settings: inpatient, ambulatory, and community. The curriculum includes extensive involvement in both hospice and palliative medicine fields. It also provides fellows with learning opportunities through multiple elective rotations as well as didactic and scholarly activities. The curriculum is also designed to promote a culture of evidence-based medicine, to teach critical thinking and analysis, and to train fellows to be educators for the community, patients, and the staff members. As a core principle of this discipline, the training will also focus on promoting holistic approach in patient care.   

Hospice and Palliative Fellowship Conference

Fellows will be participating in dedicated weekly lecture series (in morning report or noon conference) for the residents throughout their training. These topics will include many subjects relevant to the study of hospice and palliative medicine. The fellows will also help participate in palliative care education rounds. These are intended to provide ongoing education to the support staff at the hospital and encourage communication between staff and providers. They will ideally also help promote timely consultations to palliative care to help with goals of care discussions and symptom management before critical or acute issues arise in patient care. 

Hospice and Palliative Faculty

  • Jay Patel, MD, MPH – Program Director
  • Michael Debo, DO, MS – Associate PD
  • Gillian Hamilton, MD, PhD
  • Gobi Paramanandam, MD
  • Ned Stolzberg, MD
  • Tressia Shaw, MD
  • Allison Tucker, MSN, NP
  • Belinda Ordonez, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
  • Sedona Montelongo, Chaplain

Recruitment Information

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 1 year program designed to train physicians to perform thorough clinical and diagnostic assessments, provide high quality, evidence based, compassionate patient care, and demonstrate life-long learning in this evolving subspecialty field. Applicants applying to the fellowship must have:

  1. Applied through ERAS before September 1st.
  2. Completed an ACGME Accredited Program in good standing.
  3. Satisfactorily complete USMLE Steps 1, 2, 3
  4. United States citizenship, Permanent Resident or J-1 Visa status. International graduates must have ECFMG certification. We do not accept H1B Visas.
  5. A complete application (all required documents uploaded) and includes 3 letters of reference.