Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Curriculum

Required rotations

Some rotations are held at multiple locations, and duties may be slightly different from one location to the next.

Home care and hospice

Fellows complete a total of eight weeks at two locations. Learn more about the rotation at each location:

Palliative care unit

Fellows rotate four weeks at a time at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Adult-focused fellows complete four to eight weeks, and pediatric-focused fellows complete four weeks. Learn more

Palliative care consult service, adult inpatient

Fellows complete a total of six to seven core palliative consultation months at three locations. Learn more about the rotation at each location:

Pediatric neuropalliative care

This four-week rotation at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is only required for pediatric-focused fellows. Learn more

Pediatric palliative care

Held at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, adult-focused fellows complete four weeks while pediatric-focused fellows can complete up to 32 weeks. Learn more


Duration: four weeks

Electives must be done at a funded site and can be used for research project. Some electives that were done by past fellows include:

  • Addiction
  • ALS
  • Bioethics
  • HIV
  • More time in hospice
  • Pain
  • Pediatric home care
  • Scholarly project

Continuity requirements

Palliative care outpatient continuity clinic

  • Half-day of clinic per week for 11 months
  • Work in an interdisciplinary outpatient palliative care clinic
  • Perform and develop comprehensive palliative care assessments and plans of care for patients
  • Learn more


Fellows must do at least one major scholarly activity and may choose from the following:

Fellows are expected to present their scholarly activity or project to faculty at the end of the fellowship year.

Additional training


  • A six-month faculty development course focused on developing and implementing a curriculum that addresses an educational need
  • Highly collaborative between fellows, residents, and faculty within the department and beyond

Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLC)

  • Training in how to start, organize, measure, and grow palliative care programs
  • Fairview Health System is one of eight PCLC located in the country


  • An annual three-day, regional, communication skills training workshop held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Personalized, resource-intensive, learner-centered education approach