We are fully committed to providing our fellow with an excellent training experience with ample opportunities to develop clinical, educational, and research skills.  The program offers a variety of clinical rotations with an innovative and comprehensive curriculum. Fellows see a wide array of patients with various diagnoses that prepare the trainee for a career in palliative medicine with an emphasis on clinical practice.


  • Inpatient palliative medicine consult service (five blocks)
  • Hospice inpatient unit (two blocks)
  • Home hospice (two blocks)
  • Oncology/Radiation Oncology (one block)
  • Pediatric palliative medicine (one block)
  • Electives (two blocks)


In addition to our beautiful, five-bed palliative unit, the fellowship is associated with three local skilled nursing facilities.  Fellows also spend two half-days seeing patients in our outpatient palliative medicine clinic.  Our faculty are affiliated with three separate Hospice agencies, and the fellow is assigned to a Family Hospice team to manage throughout the year, attending their interdisciplinary team one-half day per week.


Our fellowship has an extensive didactic schedule, featuring over 140 scheduled sessions given by our faculty and numerous guest lecturers. Topics include:

  • Communication
  • Hospice
  • Spirituality
  • Self-care
  • Symptom management
  • OMT
  • Pharmacy
  • EBM
  • Legal aspects of palliative medicine
  • Journal club
  • Pediatric palliative medicine
  • Palliative grand rounds
  • System-based management of various end-stage diseases

The fellow also attends the three-day “Pallitalk” palliative medicine communication course hosted by the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute.