The Pediatric Advanced Care Team at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is offering a one-year clinical fellowship to train physicians in pediatric palliative care. Through the duration of the year the fellow will be asked to provide direct patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings; participate in a didactic education plan of lectures, clinical conferences, and a regular journal club; and develop teaching skills with opportunities to teach residents, medical students, nurses, and non-clinical staff.
The program is designed for one trainee beyond the PGY 3 level and can accommodate candidates completing a residency in pediatrics or subspecialty fellowships at the appropriate PGY level.
Completion of this fellowship will prepare physicians to become board-certified in the sub-specialty of Palliative Care, as well as to become leaders in the provision of palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement care.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are ideally situated to provide leadership and outstanding training in the emerging domain of pediatric palliative care. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed one of the largest pediatric palliative care services in the country—with one of the largest, most interdisciplinary teams—averaging more than 130 new patients each year. The attending physicians who direct the program and oversee care represent many subspecialties and include two physicians certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The director of research for the team has had continuous federal research funding for the past 6 years to profile the needs of dying children and is recognized as a leading researcher in pediatric palliative care. The team is also thoroughly involved in the training of pediatric resident physicians at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and medical students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.