Overall Educational Goals of the Fellowship Program
The primary educational goal of the program is to produce competent hospice and palliative medicine sub-specialist physicians.
By the end of the program, fellows are expected to be efficient, knowledgeable, and skillful at managing patients facing life-threatening and/or life-limiting illness.
They are also expected to be capable of independent practice in both principal and consultative roles in varied settings, including inpatient acute care, ambulatory clinics, home hospice care, hospice inpatient units, and long-term care facilities.
The specific secondary goals are to educate fellows to:
- Reducing the burden of life-threatening conditions by supporting the best quality of life throughout the course of illness.
- Assessing, managing, and preventing (when possible) the physical, psychological and spiritual suffering faced by patients and their families.
- Providing assistance with medical decision-making.
- Using a practical skill set of symptom control interventions.
- Effectively addressing both clinical and non-clinical issues related to advanced illness, the dying process, and bereavement.
- Exhibiting a commitment to an interdisciplinary team approach.
- Demonstrating a strong focus on the patient and family as the unit of care.