Pediatric Palliative Care

Duration and duties


  • Adult-focused fellows complete four weeks
  • Pediatric-focused fellows complete up to 32 weeks


  • Fellows gain experience in a broad spectrum of pediatric palliative medicine, collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, and the provision of family-centered care across the continuum of care over time
  • Adult-focused fellows without a background caring for children may receive one-on-one supervision throughout rotation
  • Sees patients as a member of an interdisciplinary pain and palliative care team in the following three care areas:

Children's inpatient palliative care consultation team

  • Care for patients with palliative care and/or end-of-life needs
  • Responsible for daily rounding, assessment, medical-decision making, and new consultation and follow-up visits in the hospital
  • See patients daily, five days a week, and on weekends when on call

Pediatric Advanced Care Team Clinic

  • See new and established patients half-day per week
  • Fellow will be joined by a nurse and social worker at each visit

Children's home care and hospice

  • See active patients in a home-based setting
  • Provide medical assessment, intervention, and treatment planning in collaboration with the family and interdisciplinary team
  • Opportunity to perform at least one home visit for patients seen in other settings, with a goal of seeing three to five patients in a home setting per rotation


  • Participation in the palliative physician nightly telephone on-call schedule and weekend-day
  • Clinical care responsibilities for one week during each four-week block
  • Palliative physician faculty will provide supervision for all fellow on-call responsibilities
  • Call starts on Monday at 5 pm and runs the rest of the week until next Monday at 8:30 am (it’s home call)
  • Pediatric-focused fellows have routine call responsibilities at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota during their rotation at Fairview Homecare and Hospice


Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

  • Only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood
  • Pain and palliative care team cares for more than 300 children with life-threatening conditions and their families each year, across diverse settings that include inpatient, outpatient, and home-based care
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