Fellowship Curriculum



Our Curriculum



Clinical Schedule
Our one-year fellowship offers a rigorous interdisciplinary education in palliative care at UAB Hospitals, the Birmingham VA Medical Center, and Children's of Alabama.  Fellows receive training in the outpatient setting through the UAB Supportive Care & Survivorship Clinic, the UAB HIV Palliative Care Clinic, and through partnerships with community hospices and long term care facilities. 


             Sample Adult Fellow Schedule

Months

Service

4

UAB Inpatient (consults/unit)

3

VA Inpatient (consults/unit)

2

Hospice*

1

Pediatric Inpatient

1

Long Term Care*

1

Elective

* Interventional pain management experience imbedded in these rotations
Clinic—1/2 day per week alternating between Supportive Care & HIV Clinics longitudinally
throughout the year of training

             Sample Pediatric Track Fellow Schedule

Months

Service

5

Pediatric Inpatient

2

UAB Inpatient (consults/unit)

2

Hospice*

1

VA Inpatient (consults/unit)

1

Long Term Care*

1

Elective

† Time devoted to pediatrics can be adjusted for a particular fellow’s career plan. 
*Interventional pain management experience imbedded in these rotations
                          
Clinic—1/2 day per week alternating between Supportive Care/HIV & Muscular Dystrophy Clinics


Education

Fellows have ample protected time to learn from one another and from faculty within our Section and across the UAB medical campus.  Didactic sessions are held weekly and are paired with readings from a seminal text and key articles in palliative medicine.  Fellows may attend Grand Rounds in various specialties throughout the week as per their area of interest.

Weekly

Monthly

Quarterly

Annually

Monday Didactics

Case Conference

Communication Workshop

Geriatric Education Conference

Division Noon Conference

Journal Club

Self-Care Workshop

PCLC Training

Specialty Grand Rounds



Scholarship/QI Workshop

AAHPM Annual Assembly

Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Meetings



Ethics Workshop

Media Skills Workshop


Chronic Pain Lecture Series—adapting to current needs in palliative medicine and hospice, the
didactic curriculum now includes interactive training in chronic pain to help prepare fellows for the
unique challenges of pain management and opioid use in high-risk populations.