Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The Pediatric Advanced Care Team at CHOP offers a one-year clinical fellowship to train physicians in hospice and palliative medicine. During this fellowship, trainees:

  • Provide palliative care consultation in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Provide phone-based symptom management and psychosocial support to pediatric hospice patients, their families and local hospice teams.  
  • Participate in weekly interprofessional palliative care education.
  • Teach fellows, residents, medical students, nurses and hospice staff in a variety of settings.
  • Explore palliative care interests of their own through their scholarly project.

The program is designed for two trainees beyond the PGY 3 level and can accommodate candidates completing a residency in pediatrics or subspecialty fellowships at the appropriate PGY level.

Fast facts about the program

  • Duration: One-year clinical fellowship
  • Positions available: Two per year
  • Applicant qualifications: The program is designed for two trainees beyond the PGY 3 level. The program will accommodate excellent candidates completing a residency in pediatrics or pediatric subspecialty fellowships at the appropriate PGY level.

Why choose us?

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are ideally situated to provide outstanding clinical training and professional mentorship in pediatric palliative care. Graduates from our fellowship have gone on to start and grow pediatric palliative care programs across the country.

CHOP has developed one of the largest pediatric palliative care services in the country with more than 360 consults each year. Our team cares for infants, children, teenagers and young adults across the institution. Our large interdisciplinary team includes a robust psychosocial staff that is dedicated exclusively to the care of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. 

The attending physicians who direct the program and oversee care represent many subspecialties and include five physicians certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, director of research for  the Pediatric Advance Care team,  has had continuous federal research funding for the past 16 years to profile the needs of dying children, and is recognized as a leading researcher in pediatric palliative care.

Funding for the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is provided by the generous support of the Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation.

Fellowship curriculum

Core rotations

  • Inpatient palliative care consults
  • Home hospice/outpatient palliative care consults
  • Long-term care/integrative care service
  • Abington hospice
  • Wissahickon home hospice
  • Penn hospice at Rittenhouse
  • Radiation oncology
  • Scholarly project
  • Elective

Scholarly project

As part of the fellowship, all fellows will design and implement a scholarly project in the domains of education, quality improvement or research. Mentorship from faculty is available in all domains. Fellows are provided with protected time spread throughout their year as well as the benefit of a research assistant who can assist with literature reviews, data management and IRB submissions.     

Didactic educational program and conference schedule

The didactic component of the Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine is designed to augment the clinical experience as well cover topics not traditionally found in a clinical setting.

The Interprofessional Palliative Care Education Series is a joint venture between the Palliative care teams at CHOP and Penn Medicine. Every Tuesday morning from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m., September through June, we meet as interdisciplinary teams for grand rounds, case conference and journal club. 

Dedicated fellowship didactics are held one afternoon a week during the month of July, and then monthly from August through the following June. These 45 hours of small group didactics bring the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows from both CHOP and Penn together with core faculty, guest speakers and members of all interdisciplinary teams. Topics covered include pain and symptom management, communication, psychosocial and spiritual assessment, bereavement, developing a palliative care team, hospice regulatory topics and self-care.   

How to apply

Our fellowship program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) universal application process and in the National Resident Matching Program. Please visit AAMC’s website for an application and information about our program.

Our program number is 5404132013. We do accept international medical graduates from AAMC-approved medical schools, and we support J and H1-B visas.

Please Visit the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's website for the updated Match timeline.

ERAS applications are reviewed in July and August. Interviews are conducted in September and October. The Match occurs in the late fall with fellows starting the following July. We encourage open communication with the program director and coordinator throughout the application process.

Instructions for application

The following information should be submitted to ERAS:

  1. Complete application as provided through ERAS
  2. Personal statement: Please include a single page statement describing the following: your interest in pursuing training in pediatric palliative care; the goals you hope to achieve in training; and your plans after fellowship.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Three letters of reference
  5. Dean's letter from medical school
  6. Medical school transcript
  7. Recent photograph
  8. Copy of parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
  9. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
  10. If not a citizen of the United States or permanent resident, copy of current, appropriate visa

Contacts

Jennifer Hwang, MD MHS
Fellowship Director

Vicki Reeves, BS
Fellowship Coordinator

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.