About the Program

About the Program

Palliative Care team group 2018Our program began in 2004 as a result of the collaborative efforts of professionals at numerous training sites within our community.  We offer a unique educational opportunity because of the variety of patients and settings available to our program.

Our varied practice settings and patient population allow us to cater the fellowship experience to the individual fellow's needs. Learning occurs at University of Louisville Hospital, a Level-One Trauma Center for our region, Hosparus Health and the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

At UofL Hospital, fellows rotate on an inpatient consultation service, enjoy a variety of elective experiences in specialty areas, and practice outpatient palliative care at the UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center Supportive Care Clinic.

At the Louisville VAMC, fellows rotate on a dedicated hospice unit, an inpatient consultation service, and an outpatient Palliative Care Clinic.

At Hosparus Health, the community hospice organization serving Kentucky and Indiana, fellows rotate at a free-standing Hosparus Inpatient Care Center and in the homes of both adult and pediatric patients. They learn about the administrative duties of a hospice medical director with individualized instruction by the Hosparus Chief Medical Officer.

Fellows also benefit from time spent with a palliative care physician who provides consultation for nursing home residents throughout the Louisville Metropolitan area, during a long-term care rotation shared with Hosparus. Elective time allows fellows to pursue their specific interests in a variety of areas which include (but are not limited to): Grief and Bereavement, Chaplaincy, Geriatrics, Medical and Radiation Oncology, Pediatric Palliative Care, Wound Care, Research, Pain Management and Interventional Radiology.

In addition to the vast network of hospice and palliative care training sites, one of our greatest strengths is our interdisciplinary learning approach. Our weekly conferences are attended by professionals and professional students from many disciplines, including Medicine, Pharmacy, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Nursing, Social Work, Chaplaincy, and Psychology. These dynamic 2-hour interactive sessions help to prepare fellows for practice and board examination. They include lectures by numerous experts within both the university and the community, self-care sessions, journal club, Symptom of the Month, and case presentations.

Our faculty and staff strive to provide our fellows with the highest quality education. We rely on a strong partnership with our fellows to continuously improve our program. We look forward to working with you!

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