The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program has been housed within the Department of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative medicine since 1998. Since then, 18 physicians have completed the program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited the fellowship program in January 2009. The UT Health San Antonio-HPM partnership works together with the South Texas Veterans Healthcare system (STVHCS) palliative care program which is one of six inter-professional fellowship programs in the United States funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This program trains palliative care fellows from the disciplines of medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, chaplaincy and pharmacy. The STVHCS/UT Health San Antonio program has more than 30 faculty members from different disciplines.
The Fellowship Program trains healthcare providers to become leaders in hospice and palliative care. Training encompasses the full spectrum of clinical care, from prevention to end-of-life care. You will have the opportunity to treat patients in multiple clinical settings and gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary approach to hospice and palliative medicine. You will be encouraged to challenge current paradigms of care and to develop better methods for the care of hospice and palliative care patients. You will also be exposed to the diversity of research and educational activities within the University and, throughout the year, be given the opportunity to develop your own research skills and interests under the supervision of a select group of mentors.
Program Educational Goals
Medical graduates of this program are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to:
- Practice state-of-the-art palliative care.
- Provide inter-professional leadership and participation in interdisciplinary teams practicing palliative care.
- Become exemplary teachers and role models to increase further leadership in palliative care for generations to come.
- Be skilled in methods and techniques they may pursue to create scholarly work that will advance the field of palliative care.
Application to the UT Health San Antonio Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program is coordinated through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Applications for fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine are accepted until December 31st of each year for medicine fellows. Applications are accepted through ERAS and via mail after ERAS deadline. Prospective applicants receive an online brochure explaining the application process as well as the training program. Physicians are encouraged to apply provided they have completed the necessary training to become ABMS board-eligible in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Radiology ,Surgery or Obstetrics & Gynecology. All fellowship applicants must be screened against Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and General Services Administration (GSA) lists; individuals listed by a federal agency as excluded, suspended, or otherwise ineligible for participation in federal programs (Institutional Compliance Agreement p.6 of 18) are ineligible for fellowship at UT Health San Antonio.
Non-citizens must have permanent resident status or a J-1 VISAs for medical residency positions at UT Health San Antonio. No H-1 VISAs are provided. A thorough review is undertaken of each applicant folder, which contains an application, personal statement, curriculum vitae, and at least three letters of recommendation, one of them from their residency training program director. At the discretion of the program director, qualified applicants are invited for an interview to meet with the attendings and fellows and to tour the facilities. At the completion of the interview process, the staff meets to review applicant folders and discuss candidates. Applicants are ranked based on their qualifications and interview scores. An ideal candidate is someone who has excelled during his/her residency or prior training, whose letters of support speak of his/her qualifications as a team player and compassionate clinician, a personal statement reflecting genuine interest in practicing palliative medicine after training, applicant’s desire to educate teams and trainees and lastly, someone with inclinations towards an academic path.