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Our curriculum includes clinical rotations, longitudinal outpatient experience, and a structured educational experience. Our communication curriculum focuses on building progressive skills with a learner-centric and interactive approach, powered by VitalTalk and utilizing the Serious Illness Conversation Guide from Ariadne Labs.

Our didactic sessions are designed to allow fellows time with faculty to meet each fellow where they are in their learning arc. We are committed to training fellows who are expert communicators, symptomologists, and can name and teach their skills to colleagues in order to improve the practice of primary palliative care system-wide.

The Palliative Medicine Fellowship includes mindfulness training and focuses on Narrative Medicine. Read more in these papers: DOCTOR-PATIENT/READER-WRITER: Learning to Find the Text (PDF) by Rita Charon, MD, PhD, and Close Reading and Creative Writing in Clinical Education: Teaching Attention, Representation, and Affiliation (PDF) by Rita Charon, MD, PhD, Nellie Hermann, MFA, and Michael J. Devlin, MD. Both disciplines help fellows gain self-awareness, and the ability to track their own and others’ emotions and perspectives. We believe these are cornerstone skills for excelling in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

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