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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 50 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 ensure that fellows are ready to practice in the inpatient, ambulatory, or hospice settings upon completion of the fellowship training.

Fellows with interests in pursuing academic or leadership positions as researchers, teachers or administrators in the care of older adults are encouraged to pursue an additional 1 to 3 years of advanced training through the John A. Hartford Foundation-funded Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM) or through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics.

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.

Fellowship Committee Members

Michael Barnett, MD, MS, FACP, FAAP, FAAHPM (Program Director)
Elizabeth McAlister, C-TAGME (Program Coordinator)
Sylvia Huang, PhD, MA, MEd
Garrett Hurst, MD
Carolyn Kezar, MD
Susan McCammon, MD, MA
Jackie Palmore, RN, BSN, CHPN

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) beginning July 15.

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