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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the UT Southwestern Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program is to educate physicians to provide patients with life-limiting illness and their families with the best possible care using expertise in clinical skills and an excellent fund of knowledge based on current clinical and basic science research.

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is based in the General Internal Medicine Division of the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and affiliated hospitals (Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Children’s Medical Center Dallas). The program encompasses acute, ambulatory, community, and long-term care experiences.

Overall Goals and Objectives

The overall goals and objectives for hospice and palliative medicine fellows are to gain extensive experience in the diagnosis and ongoing management of elderly patients with multiple medical problems across a variety of health care settings. These goals and objectives are primarily aimed at gaining experience in the daily management and provision of continuity care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, paying particular attention to pain and symptom management.

In general the expectations of fellows include demonstration of medical knowledge, comprehension of pathophysiology, development of differential diagnoses, formulation of management plans, and dissemination of plan of care by presentations in various clinical settings and at clinical conferences.