Thanks to Hospice and Palliative Care visionaries Drs. Ann Allegre, Christian Sinclair, and Karin Porter-Williamson, a shared goal of developing a collaborative fellowship began in 2004. Realization of that vision in 2005 created a solidly balanced clinical training experience between the University of Kansas Medical Center and Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. In 2008, the KUMC-KCHPC Palliative Care Fellowship was one of the first 32 programs to receive accreditation from the ACGME. Our program was proud of its initial ACGME recognition by certification with commendation and its recertification with commendation in January 2012. Our program is proud of its graduates and their 100 percent HPM board pass rate. 2013-14 marks the ninth fellow class.
Due to the generous funding by Kansas City Hospice and The University of Kansas Hospital, our program currently accepts two fellows per year. The fellowship year is broken into 13 four-week blocks, with half of the experience emanating from the large, community-based hospice settings and half from the tertiary academic medical center setting. Fellows care for patients along the continuum of care, from the ICU setting to the living room, and from upstream in illness to the active dying process. In addition to clinical bedside training, fellows receive didactic training through a weekly lecture series covering pertinent HPM topics, journal clubs, ethics conferences, quality case conferences, and self-care sessions. Fellows receive mentoring on teaching skills and scholarly projects skills throughout the year. These experiences combine to create a well-rounded, well-balanced educational experience that prepares fellows for a breadth of future career paths within the field of hospice and palliative medicine.
There are many excellent programs across the United States. I am proud of our program’s history and the fellowship program we offer. Congratulations for considering a career in this amazing, rapidly evolving, and inspirational field. I wish you the best of luck as you seek the program that best fits you and your aspirations.Sincerely,