Since 2011, the Yale Palliative Care Program has grown quickly to provide increasing clinical care and educational programming to the Yale-New Haven Hospital community. We aim to provide high-quality, whole person care to our patients with serious illness and their families. The Yale University School of Medicine Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine is a 1-year ACGME-accredited clinical fellowship within the Department of Internal Medicine. We were excited to launch this fellowship in 2014-15. Our goal is to train future leaders in palliative care education and practice and create a local palliative care learning laboratory.
During this intensive one year training program, fellows develop clinical expertise in symptom assessment and management, comprehensive care plans that honor patient preferences, coping and unique characteristics, as well as advanced communication skills with patients, families, and other health care providers. Fellows participate in our interdisciplinary clinical program and rotate at multiple other sites. Mentorship is provided by a faculty of physicians who are board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine as well as a full interdisciplinary team of palliative care experts.