The Stanford University Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is the oldest training program in the nation. We were the first program in the nation to be funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We were also first in the nation to become an ACGME accredited training program.
Our graduates are leaders in the fields and are currently working in various aspects of healthcare ranging from academia, community healthcare, government and industry.
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. Incoming fellows receive stipend at a PGY4 level. For full benefits information please go to the GME page for details.
WHY SPECIALIZE IN PALLIATIVE CARE? The COVID pandemic has clearly highlighted the great and growing need for palliative specialists. The field of palliative care is one of the most rapidly growing subspecialties with an exploding job market. Each of our fellows have been offered a few jobs in a varied range of venues including academia, community, the government and other venues across the nation. Many of our fellows are mid-career applicants ( hospitalists, intensivists, etc) who seek to add extremely important palliative skills to their toolbox. From the patient care front, the joy of practice is something you experience on a daily basis as you care for seriously ill patients and families in their most vulnerable moments. As their doctor, you have the privilege to receive “backstage passes” into their lives and care for them at a time of desperate need.
Hear directly from our fellows and alumni about why they chose to specialize in palliative care
Our Program Philosophy
- 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 collaborative quality improvement project during the year. Projects usually 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. Each curricular thread is led by a faculty expert. Please go to the faculty page to read all the details.
- All fellows are at a PGY4 stipend level
- We are strongly committed to life-work balance and fellow wellness.
- For the VA rotation, the County hospital rotation and all non-core rotations, fellows work Monday thru Friday. For the Stanford hospital rotation, fellows work Monday thru Saturday.
- Fellows are on a phone-based call only. Fellows are on call for about 60 days in the entire fellowship year. We do not have an on-site call.
- We host monthly wellness dinners to facilitate fellow wellness. Our alumni feel that this is an extremely important component of our fellowship.