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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship


This program is an integrated component of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, which trains a total of 6 (both adult and pediatric) fellows annually. Fellows will have a unique opportunity to develop skills in complex symptom management and advanced communication while caring for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In partnership with UTHSC and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, pediatric HPM fellows spend 3 months on St. Jude’s Quality of Life service, which sees more than 300 new consults and 4,000 encounters annually, and 1 month with QoLA Kids, a community-based palliative care and hospice program through Methodist-Alliance. Each pediatric and adult fellow will also have a 1-month rotation with the pain service at St. Jude. Beyond clinical time at St. Jude, pediatric fellows obtain well-rounded exposure to general pediatric and adult palliative care across settings.

As a fellow, you will:

  • Gain experience in multimodal, interdisciplinary management of pain and complex symptoms for children with cancer and other life-threatening conditions.
  • Develop communication skills for serious conversations through clinical work and facilitated role-play with St. Jude’s parent educator team.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to support children and families across the illness trajectory including at end of life.
  • Provide compassionate patient- and family-centered care while balancing self-care, reflective practice, and professional boundaries in pursuit of career sustainability.

This is a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Eligible applicants will have completed an accredited residency program in an eligible specialty, such as pediatrics, family medicine, or internal medicine. This program may also be completed as a combined program with St. Jude’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program.

To Apply

To apply through either the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) or the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), this fellowship is listed under "Multidisciplinary" programs as "University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis".