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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to the hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. This fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship dedicated to training physicians to become palliative medicine specialists. Training in this fellowship provides physicians with opportunities to expand their academic, clinical, research and administrative skills to enhance the field of hospice and palliative medicine. This program helps fellows develop a broad knowledge base in hospice and palliative medicine including symptom management, advance care planning and communication skills.


Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Fellows have exposure to diverse patient populations at the following sites:

  • RUSH University Medical Center (12 weeks of inpatient consults)
    • RUSH University Medical Center, or RUMC, is an academic, quaternary care university hospital.
    • Fellows have the opportunity to care for patients with diverse needs including patients with organ transplant and patients requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
    • RUMC offers access to significant research opportunities in palliative medicine. View articles published by Rush faculty here.
    • The interdisciplinary palliative medicine team at RUSH includes five palliative medicine physicians, five advanced practice providers, two social workers, a chaplain, pet therapy and music therapy.
    • Fellows are exposed to palliative medicine physicians with diverse backgrounds and interests including emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pulmonary/critical care, chronic pain and medical education.
    • Fellows have opportunities to teach learners (~100 medical students and residents rotate through the palliative medicine services at RUSH each year).
    • Fellows have opportunities for exposure to ethics consult service and clinical medical ethics case conference.
  • John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (12 weeks of inpatient consults)
    • Stroger is a large, inner-city, public hospital.
  • Addus JourneyCare Inpatient Hospice on RUSH University Medical Center Campus (6 weeks)
  • Home Hospice through AccentCare Seasons Hospice (8 weeks)
  • Long term care at nursing facility (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric palliative care through Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (2 weeks)
  • Elective opportunities including pain rotation, integrative/complementary medicine, wound care, neurologic and rehabilitative medicine. Other electives can be arranged based on fellows interest (4 weeks)
  • Half-day clinic once per week at Stroger or RUSH palliative medicine clinic


Unique attributes of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

  • Regional Fellows Conference (monthly didactic lectures for all hospice and palliative medicine fellows in Chicago including Stroger-RUSH, Northwestern, University of Chicago and Presence Resurrection)
  • Weekly joint Stroger-RUSH palliative care conferences, including fellow led conferences such as journal club and case conference
  • Monthly Schwartz Rounds to discuss the emotional and social aspects of caring for patients held at Stroger and RUSH Hospitals
  • Fellows welcomed at monthly staff social events
  • Dedicated academic time every Tuesday afternoon for fellows to participate in research, study hospice and palliative medicine topics, and pursue other learning opportunities
  • Fellows receive a dedicated faculty mentor to help guide them through their fellowship year

Program Coordinator:
Amber Richmond
(312) 864-7202

Program Director:
Elizabeth Gobbi, MD, DFAPA