Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Columbia
3 Richland Medical Park Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203
Training hospice and palliative care specialists
Our ACGME-accredited Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program at Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia provides comprehensive subspecialty training for graduates of internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery or pediatrics residency training programs.
Our fellowship offers a methodically developed, comprehensive core curriculum that will prepare our fellows to contribute to the field of hospice and palliative care and be good stewards of their patients’ goals.
Having a class of three fellows offers a flexible learning experience to meet the individual needs of our trainees. Our institution is a referral center within the state of South Carolina, exposing trainees to patients with complex palliative needs.
Video: Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship
Training goals and objectives for hospice and palliative care fellows include:
- Demonstrating commitment to professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to diversity and cultural beliefs.
- Acquiring, critically interpreting and applying knowledge related to palliative care and hospice.
- Identifying palliative care needs in patients with acute and chronic disease processes.
- Recognizing the needs of family members requiring palliative care support.
- Developing expert interpersonal and communication skills to provide efficient and comprehensive patient-centered care while partnering with patients, family units and other professional associates.
- Advocating for patients and families within the context of the healthcare system.
- Collaborating with members of our comprehensive interdisciplinary team to provide whole-person care.
Our program faculty and fellows have created several publications and resources for interested learners.
- The first edition of Palliative Care Pearls, with support from Practice Change Leaders program, the Hartford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies and their “Proactive Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit Project." It is a pocket guidebook for medical students, residents, fellows, social workers, chaplains and all clinicians and trainees who actively participate in the care of patients with serious illnesses.
- We have started Hospice and Palliative Care Virtual Didactics, an internationally viewed lecture series.
- Our booklet, Good Grief, aims to provide intentional tools for professionals dealing with grief and loss.
- Our booklet, Having Conversations That Matter, guides patients and families in the process of medical decision-making and goals of care.
- Our booklet, The Final Mile, guides patients and their families through the journey of end-of-life care.