Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Our ACGME-accredited Fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics. The goal of the fellowship is to train clinicians who will be leaders in Palliative Medicine clinical care, research, and education.  

Our fellowship includes multidisciplinary clinical training, with mentored teaching and research in an environment for innovative palliative care interventions. The fellow will be responsible for the care of inpatients and outpatients in varied settings, including large academic teaching hospitals with acute inpatient and ambulatory care services, hospice, and home care.

Hospice and Palliative Care APP Fellowship

The goal of the advanced practice provider fellowship is to train clinicians to be leaders in quality clinical care.

Our fellowship includes mentored teaching by interdisciplinary educators in a variety of healthcare settings. The fellow will gain experience in quality improvement and the care of seriously ill patients across the spectrum.

Medical Students

The Emory University School of Medicine has an innovative, comprehensive palliative care education program in which all third-year medical students complete a one-week rotation in palliative medicine. Some elements of the rotation include:

  • Bedside teaching rounds
  • Small-group, patient-based learning
  • Interdisciplinary inpatient hospice care
  • Interactive lectures

Electives and tailored experiences are available to medical students at any level to enrich their exposure and competency in core hospice and palliative care skills.

Residents & Rotating Fellows

Emory residents and fellows have the opportunity for a a rich training experience in palliative medicine. Working with Emory Palliative Care Center faculty, residents and rotating fellows will observe and practice skills through palliative care consultations.   

Upon completion of the rotation, trainees will better understand the unique skillset of the palliative care practitioner and our model of interdisciplinary patient care. Importantly, they will learn about psychosocial and spiritual suffering and how best to communicate with the severely ill and their families. Residents and fellows will recognize the potential of palliative medicine to improve the quality of life for seriously ill patients through the alleviation of pain and other symptoms.

Required rotations are offered to trainees in the following programs:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Anesthesia Pain
  • Critical Care

Elective rotations are available to other interested trainees on an ad hoc basis.


The Emory Palliative Care Center is committed to training nurses and other allied professionals in palliative care concepts and practice.  Current initiatives in nursing education include:

  • Palliative care workshops for nursing staff
  • Instruction of new RNs during Patient Service Orientation at Emory University Hospital  
  • Collaboration with Unit Practice Counsels to identify and educate nursing staff in palliative care
  • Palliative Care workshops for the Oncology Nurse Residency Program
  • Partnership with the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing Fuld Fellows Program