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.

Medical Students

The Emory University School of Medicine has an innovative, comprehensive palliative care education program where all 3rd-year medical students are required to do a 1-week rotation in Palliative Care. Some of the key elements of the 3rd year rotation include:

  • Bedside teaching rounds
  • Small-group, patient-based learning
  • Care of the patient receiving hospice care
  • Interactive lectures

Electives and tailored experiences are available to any year student to enrich their exposure and competency in core hospice and palliative medicine.


Residents training at Emory have the opportunity to gain a rich training experience in palliative medicine. Working with the Emory Palliative Care Center faculty, residents perform palliative care consultations and provide patient support for hospitals in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and its affiliates.  

Upon completion of the rotation, the resident will understand more about the skill set of a palliative care practitioner and how to care for patients in an interdisciplinary team.  This includes knowing the potential of palliative care to improve quality of life for seriously ill patients and how to alleviate pain and manage symptoms.  Importantly, residents learn about psychosocial, emotional and spiritual suffering and how to discuss this with severely ill patients and their families.  

Required rotations are offered to trainees in the following programs:

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

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


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

  • Palliative Care Workshops for nursing staff (for all shifts)
  • Instruction of new RN’s during Patient Service Orientation of Palliative Care Services at Emory University Hospitals  
  • Collaboration with Unit Practice Counsels to identify and educate nursing staff on palliative care
  • Palliative Care workshops for the Oncology Nurse Residency program
  • Partnership with the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing on the Fuld Palliative Care Fellows Program