Clinical Training

Clinical rotations for the Palliative Care Fellowship take place at the following venues:

  • VA Palo Alto In-patient Palliative Care Unit (a specialized, interprofessional unit caring for medically complex patients who are seriously ill)
  • Stanford Hospital Palliative Care In-patient Consult Service
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center County Hospital (a safety net hospital serving diverse patients) Palliative Care Consult Service and Clinic
  • Kaiser RedWood City Palliative Care Consult Service
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) Palliative Care Consult Service
  • VA Menlo Park Long Term Care Unit,
  • Vitas Hospice.
  • Mission Hospice House
  • VA Palo Alto out-patient continuity clinic.
  • Stanford Palliative Care Clinics.
  • Stanford Quality Improvement service
  • Stanford Integrative Medicine service.

During these rotations, each fellow will have the opportunity to partake in patient care under the supervision of faculty from each division.

We wish to specifically highlight the fact that our VA Palo Alto In-patient Palliative Care Unit is an unique and interprofessional learning environment that is unparallelled in the nation. When rotating through the in-patient unit, our fellows serve as the primary doctors taking care of a large ward of medically complex, seriously ill patients. Fellows serve in the role of palliative hospitalists and are responsible for all aspects of patient care (admissions, ongoing management, interaction with all other subspecialties, coordination of care in an interprofessional milieu, discharge coordination, bereavement care and provision of family support).