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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.
Our program became part of the Creighton University-Arizona Health Education Alliance with the merger of GME programs from Creighton University, Maricopa Integrated Health System and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center. These three institutions are all now under the sponsorship of Creighton University School of Medicine. The commitment of this Alliance is to have programs that are at the forefront of advanced medical education, research and training of new generations of physicians to improve the health outcomes of our community, state and nation.
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.
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.
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: