The University of Kansas Medical Center, Section of Palliative Care in the Department of Internal Medicine offers a one year Palliative Medicine fellowship program with accreditation with commendation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This program, when completed successfully, provides board eligibility in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The University has been closely affiliated with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care in the creation and ongoing operation of our fellowship program, offering a strong combination of experiences from the Intensive Care unit to the home hospice setting. Clinical experiences and didactic teaching focus strongly on patient care and medical knowledge to promote the highest level of skill in whole person patient and family centered care, symptom management, complex inter-personal communication, and leadership of interdisciplinary teams. Fellows spend time on a tertiary care inpatient adult Palliative Care consult service, a pediatric consultation service, an inpatient hospice unit, and as well they do both home and nursing home hospice visits. Fellows see patients in a Palliative Care continuity clinic, and as well as they have the opportunity to rotate through other subspecialty clinics with faculty who specialize in Palliative Care.
A portion of time is spent on electives, which can include radiation therapy, interventional pain management, oncology, integrative medicine, or a research elective opportunity. All fellows are expected to participate in and complete a quality improvement project under the supervision of the Medical Director for Palliative Care.