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The UAB Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program has been training leaders in palliative care since 2000, making it one of the oldest and most established training programs in the country.

drs justine mcgiboney dyan alvarez john rainwater gabe daniels To date, we have trained nearly 60 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.

Fellowship Experience

Fellows receive training in the outpatient setting through several outpatient clinics, through telehealth and home-based palliative care, and through partnerships with community hospices and long term care facilities.  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.

We dedicate one day each week, year-round, to outpatient practice. Fellows alternate in continuity clinics, home-based palliative care and telehealth, and Hospice, serving as an assistant medical director with one of our hospice partners.

Clinical Training

We offer a one-year clinical fellowship with three adult-track positions and one "combined clinician" (e.g. Med-Peds or Family Medicine) position.

Teaching Conferences

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.

Research Opportunites

Fellows have ample protected time to learn from one another and from faculty within our Division and across the UAB medical campus. 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.


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It's not just what you learn. It's also about the people you learn with. Our Geriatric Medicine fellowship program leaders are dedicated to developing the potential of every talented trainee.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will I need to apply?

    All applications are reviewed via Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS), which requires the following documents:

    1. Current CV (updated within 3 months)

    2. Medical School Transcripts (and diploma if requested)

    3. Medical School Dean’s Letter

    4. Three (3) total Letters of Recommendation (including former program directors)

    5. Certificate/verification from previous residency training

    6. Must be eligible for Alabama Medical License and Alabama Controlled Substance Certificate (all step scores completed at the time of application)

    7. Must be eligible for Federal DEA registration

    8. Valid ECFMG Certificate (IMG only)

    We do not accept any addtional documents outside of ERAS submissions.

  • Is there a minimum USMLE score required?

    There is no minimum USMLE score requirement. We take the score into account as part of the overall review of an application.

  • What are the key program dates for Applications?

    Applications Open and Close — June through May: Apply through ERAS

    Applications Reviewed — July, must be available by August 1

    Interview Invitations Released — last week in August

    Interviews Begin — September and continue through October

    Match Day — November

    Fellowship begins — July 1

  • Do you sponsor H1B or J1 Visas?

    Yes, the division can sponsor these Visas.


Want to learn more? Start a conversation with us.

ElizabethMcAlisterI'd be delighted to talk with you about the many exciting possibilities that await you at UAB and Birmingham. Contact me for more details about your fellowship.

Elizabeth McAlister, Education Administrator

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WBI'm always ready to answer questions about our comprehensive, scientific, and individualized approach to train future clinicians and researchers.

Walter Baehr, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine

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