The CCHHS-RUMC hospice and palliative medicine fellowship provides fellows with the opportunity to experience the practice of palliative medicine in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Patients come from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and the geographic settings of care range from the inner city of Chicago to suburban areas.
The faculty members bring expertise in hospice and palliative care, as well as expertise in various other relevant fields, including: ethics, general medicine and hospitalist medicine, critical care, clinical research, addiction medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, cross-cultural medicine, faculty development, program development and medical education.
- Rush University Medical Center-a quaternary university hospital
- John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County-a large, inner-city, public hospital
- Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care-a large, community-based hospice program with extensive experiencing in educating a variety of health care professionals
- The Ada F. Addington Inpatient Hospice Unit of Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care- a 13-bed adult and pediatric inpatient hospice unit located within Rush University Medical Center
- To educate the next generation of physicians in hospice and palliative care so that more people can receive the benefits of interdisciplinary quality care when confronted with life-limiting illness and at the end of life.
- To train physicians to demonstrate competence in specialist-level expertise in palliative care. The program helps physicians develop academic, clinical, research and administrative skills that are consistent with the practice, development and improvement of palliative medicine and to rise to leadership in the field.
- To help physicians develop a broad base of knowledge and analytical skills in palliative medicine. The program emphasizes communication, care planning, symptom management, relief of suffering and mentoring decision-making, particularly as applied to patients and families challenged with life-limiting illness or at the end of life.
- A typical one year fellowship includes a mixture of:
- 3 months spent on the inpatient palliative care consult service at RUMC
- 3 months spent on the inpatient palliative care consult service at Stroger Hospital of Cook County
- 3 months spent on the inpatient hospice unit- includes adult and pediatric patients
- 10 weeks spent on a combination of home hospice experience and long term care facility
- 2 weeks of pediatric palliative and hospice care
- 2 weeks of interventional pain management
- 2 additional elective weeks
- one half day per week of outpatient clinic throughout the year
- Some rotations may be combined
Didactics and Scholarly Activity
- Fellows attend a weekly Ilinois Medical District Palliative Care Conference throughout the year which includes advanced topics, psychosocial topics, monthly journal club, and monthly case conference
- Fellows participate in the Chicago Regional Fellows Conference, a monthly half-day of didactic and case-based teaching involving fellows from our program as well as Northwestern Memorial Hospital and University of Chicago
- Fellows receive one half day per week to spend on scholarly and administrative activity
- Fellows are expected to pursue and complete scholarly activity.Opportunities inculde research projects, quality improvement projects, case reports, and opportunities for poster presentations.