Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Curriculum

Our program promotes strong scholarship, healthy professional identity formation, and wellness through a supportive and thoughtfully-designed curriculum including the activities below.

Didactics, Conferences, and Meetings

Fellows begin the year with a 2-week didactic block. Didactics covering core topics in hospice and palliative medicine continue on a monthly basis.

Other didactics, conferences, and meetings include:

  • Tumor board
  • Ethics committee
  • Patient safety & quality conference
  • Cardio-oncology grand rounds
  • FAU humanities: “Coffeehouse Conversations”
  • Interdisciplinary journal club
  • Ethics book club (optional)

Fellows also have dedicated time to take a combination live and online course in medication-assisted treatment (MAT), allowing them to receive their MAT waiver and treat patients with opioid use disorder using buprenorphine.

Teaching Activities

Fellows regularly engage with and teach students and residents during their clinical rotations. They also gradually assume the lead teaching role in the FAU third-year medical students’ end-of-life simulation and palliative care academic half day, both of which recur throughout the year. Fellows are expected to present at least twice at journal club and make additional presentations over the course of their rotations. In addition to these core activities, there are additional optional teaching opportunities with students and residents.

Scholarly Work

Faculty support fellows in a scholarly project that is identified early in the fellowship year and developed longitudinally. This project should be in an area of interest to the fellow and may be focused on quality improvement, educational innovation, or research.

Fellows also submit an abstract to the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly during the call for case presentations in the fall. We are proud of our inaugural fellow for having the following abstract accepted:

  • “Unique Challenges to High Quality End-of-Life Care in Adults with Intellectual Disability.” Receveur, Caraballo, and Gundersen. (AY 2019-2020).
Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers students a variety of educational programs and degrees.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431