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The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program has been housed within the Department of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative medicine since 1998. Since then, 18 physicians have completed the program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited the fellowship program in January 2009. The UTHSCSA-HPM works together with the South Texas Veterans Healthcare system (STVHCS) palliative care program which is one of six inter-professional fellowship programs in the United States funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This program trains palliative care fellows from the disciplines of medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, chaplaincy and pharmacy. The STVHCS/UTHSCSA program has more than 30 faculty members from different disciplines.

The Fellowship Program trains healthcare providers to become leaders in hospice and palliative care. Training encompasses the full spectrum of clinical care, from prevention to end-of-life care. You will have the opportunity to treat patients in multiple clinical settings and gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary approach to hospice and palliative medicine. You will be encouraged to challenge current paradigms of care and to develop better methods for the care of hospice and palliative care patients. You will also be exposed to the diversity of research and educational activities within the University and, throughout the year, be given the opportunity to develop your own research skills and interests under the supervision of a select group of mentors.