The UAB Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program has been training leaders in academic Palliative Medicine since 2000, making it one of the oldest and most established training programs in the country. To date, we have trained over 40 fellows from across the country, some directly out of residency training and others mid-career. Our one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship offers a rigorous interdisciplinary education in palliative care at UAB Hospitals, the Birmingham VA Medical Center, and Children's of Alabama. Fellows also receive training in the outpatient setting through the UAB Supportive Care & Survivorship Clinic, and through partnerships with community hospices and long term care facilities.  In addition to clinical skills, the curriculum includes training in palliative research methodology and quality improvement, teaching skills, and palliative care and hospice business and administration.  The balance and breadth of experience ensures that fellows are ready to practice in the inpatient, ambulatory, or hospice settings upon completion of the fellowship training.

Program Aims

  1. To train the next generation of leaders in palliative medicine, whether in clinical care, research, or education.
  2. To teach physicians to provide compassionate holistic care to patients and families suffering from serious illness within the context of an interdisciplinary team.
  3. To guide physicians to communicate effectively with patients, families, and other healthcare providers.
  4. To prepare physicians to help coordinate transitions across the continuum of care.
  5. To equip trainees to advocate for access to palliative care within our health systems and communities.

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 We are currently accepting applications for one-year adult and one-year pediatric track training.
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2013 AAHPM fellowsAAHPM Annual Assembly in New Orleans, 2013. From left to right (graduation year): Drs. Laura Ferguson (2008), Cynthia Baker (2000), Elizabeth Kvale (2003), Alison Krause (2003), Alexandra Leigh (2010), Jacque Covington (2013), Ashley Nichols (2011), Sam Perna (2008), Dominick Mastroianni (2011)