HPM Fellowship Overview


The Stanford University Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is the oldest training program in the nation. We were also the first program in the nation to be funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We were first in the nation to become an ACGME accredited training program.

 We accept exceptional candidates from the fields of  Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Emergency Medicine,  and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Our graduates are leaders in the fields and are currently working in various aspects of healthcare ranging from academia, community healthcare, government and industry.  Our philosophy is as follows:

  • Trained fellows should possess the necessary knowledge, attitudes, skills and experience to become certified by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
  • Healthcare is now a team science; accordingly, we train our fellows in an inter-professional environment. Our physician fellows train alongside psychology, social work and chaplain fellows in palliative care.
  • Development of teaching skills is central to the curriculum and should enable trained fellows to take on a leadership role in disseminating the principles and practices of the rapidly developing field of HPM.
  • Given that many matriculating fellows will also participate in the development of new palliative care and hospice programs, considerable attention will be devoted to acquiring  knowledge and skills in program development.
  • The fellowship program emphasizes team science and a scholarly approach to palliative care. Fellows are expected to read widely in this area and to attend local and national conferences as well as participate in a variety of local and regional projects and initiatives.
  • All fellows are expected to do one academic/scholarly project and a quality improvement project during the year. Projects may involve participation in research, collaboration in paper writing, education, or program development.
  • In an effort to provide holistic training for all our fellows, we have multiple special curricular threads incorporated into the training program.