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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Atrium Health is a collaboration between the one-of-a-kind Department of Supportive Oncology (DSO) at Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) and Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Group (CPCHG).

Fellows will train to become next generation physician leaders delivering compassionate and clinically excellent care in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The comprehensive post-graduate year offers the advantage of a guided learning experience and direct patient care.

Fellows can choose between a one-year ACGME accredited clinical Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Fellowship track OR a two-year academic fellowship track in HPM (year 1: ACGME) and Supportive Oncology (year 2: non-accredited).

The Department of Supportive Oncology has four established fellowship tracks to provide physicians and clinicians the skill sets and techniques needed to deliver patient-centered care: Hospice and Palliative Medicine (in partnership with Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Group), Supportive Oncology, Psycho-Oncology (clinical psychology) and Cancer Rehabilitation (in partnership with Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation Charlotte).

For more information on any of the fellowships, please contact Lisette.Clementecline@AtriumHealth.org.

Where You Will Train

Carolinas Medical Center Aerial View

Carolinas Medical Center

CMC is the flagship hospital of Atrium Health and the largest hospital in the region. CMC serves as the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and is an approved transplant center for heart, kidney, pancreas and liver. With Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the Atrium Health enterprise, CMC also serves as one of North Carolina’s 5 Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospitals. The Wake Forest School of Medicine in Charlotte is slated to open in 2024.

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Center for Supportive Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute, Building 2

The Department of Supportive Oncology is chaired by Dr. Declan Walsh, Hemby Family Endowed Chair and palliative medicine pioneer and visionary. DSO includes the Sections of: Oncology Palliative Medicine, Integrative Oncology, Cancer Rehabilitation, Oncology Nutrition, Psycho-Oncology, Cancer Navigation, Cancer Survivorship, Senior Oncology, Research and Education.

The DSO research strategy centers around four thematic areas: Cancer Pain and Opioids, Malnutrition and Inflammation, Psycho-Oncology and Cancer Related Fatigue. Each area has a research taskforce, which is comprised of subject matter experts from the Department, Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health and strategic partners within the community. The purpose of each taskforce is to establish partnerships and develop research projects.

The 7th floor of LCI Building 2 is devoted entirely to supportive oncology services and is the largest square footage (33,000) devoted to supportive oncology in the world. In addition to a 4-bay palliative medicine infusion suite, the space houses a rehabilitation gym, an acupuncture suite and spaces for massage therapy and healing touch.

Features of the floor include a dedicated fellow office and a suite of conference rooms that overlook the Charlotte skyline; these rooms host administrative meetings, support groups, classes and other activities. There are nourishment stations with beverages and snacks positioned throughout the suite for use by patients, visitors and staff.

Recognitions

Core Faculty

Faculty

Curriculum

The curriculum allows fellows to cultivate broad knowledge of the interdisciplinary approach to Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Fellows will work collaboratively with advance practice providers, nurses, medical assistants, social workers, chaplains and other health professionals.

Although the one-year fellowship is clinically focused, fellows will spend time engaged in clinical research or quality-improvement projects related to palliative medicine and supportive oncology.

Application Criteria

We welcome applications from physicians who have completed an ACGME accredited residency program in a sponsoring specialty for Hospice and Palliative Medicine: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Applicants should be board-certified or board-eligible with intention to complete board certification, in their primary specialty.

Applications are accepted from participants in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

We will begin reviewing applications upon submission. Applications are preferred by September 1 each year. The interview season runs from August – October.

Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • MyERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • Personal Statement outlining reason for pursuing a career in palliative medicine, experiences with palliative care and career goals
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from the Program Director or Department Chair. Letters should indicate that the applicant is personally known to the letter writer, and include an assessment of medical knowledge, clinical skills and character

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