Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Our ACGME-accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship keeps its mission at the core of the program:
Our focus is on training well rounded academic physicians in a rural, integrated health system as part of a full interdisciplinary team to develop experts in self-awareness, communication, complex symptom management, responsible opioid prescribing, teaching primary hospice and palliative care skills, self and team-care.
Our program offers fellows the opportunity to train in Dartmouth-Hitchcock's unique Leadership Preventative Medicine Residency (LPMR), a fully funded two-year training program. LPMR graduates earn either an MPH or MS from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). See an example of the work one of our previous fellows did as part of this program (scroll to the bottom of the page). Ask us about the program when you interview!
What patient populations do we serve?
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is a rural academic tertiary care referral center attracting patients from Vermont, New Hampshire, western Massachusetts and parts of Maine. Our patient population is predominantly low socioeconomic status, Caucasian, non-religious, uninsured/underinsured, and have challenges with healthcare access. Our location near Hanover and Dartmouth College adds a patient population in the middle to upper socioeconomic status.
The Upper Valley is a very close knit and engaged community which has rallied behind the development of the Jack Byrne Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.
Our palliative care service sees a wide variety of patients with different diagnoses, including those cared for by hematology/oncology (including hematological malignancies and transplant patients), hospital medicine, cardiology, and the ICU.
Who is the Palliative Care team at D-H?
Our team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, healing arts practitioners, volunteers, creative artists, and chaplains. We have robust services in the outpatient and inpatient settings as well as our own service at the Jack Byrne Center serving D-H and the community.
- Read more about our team culture and daily work in Joy in Practice (PDF), a JAMA-published paper by Section Chief Kathryn Kirkland, MD.
- Meet the faculty of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship.
- Visit the Palliative Care department website for information about our full team.