Scholarly Activities

Fellows' Scholarly Activities

In addition to direct patient care responsibilities in a variety of clinical settings, the fellow will be provided with a variety of didactic lectures and learning experiences. Extensive library materials and services are available to the fellow at the UT Southwestern/ Parkland Hospital and Dallas VA Medical Center. Fellows will also have dedicated time for scholarly activities set aside. If fellows wish, they can use their dedicated office.

Attendance at National Meetings

One week of educational leave is provided for the fellow to attend at least one national meeting (i.e., Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, ASCO). Any prospective meeting plans must be discussed in detail with the program director in advance. $1200 is available per fellow for participation in a national meeting of their choice.


Fellows begin their year with orientation “Boot Camp” when the faculty provide a basic lecture series and introduction to the program prior to starting rotations. After that, dedicated lecture series will occur every block, covering core topics in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In addition, HPM fellows will attend dedicated Palliative Care morning conference. 

Quality Improvement Project

Every fellow participates in the UT Southwestern Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course.  The purpose of the Clinical Safety & Effectiveness (CS&E) course is to provide the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to lead quality improvement projects and change initiatives designed to improve patient outcomes.  During the CS&E course, participants are provided with a working knowledge of various quality improvement methodologies and tools that can be used to identify healthcare delivery improvement opportunities.  Participants are required to complete a quality improvement project and present their findings during the last day of the course.  Fellows are encouraged to work on their quality improvement project together. Course topics include development of a project aim statement, use of PDCA or DMAIC as process improvement tools, process mapping, control charts, root cause analysis, team development, and change management.