Saint Louis University offers a one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited postgraduate training program in improving the quality of life for patients and families living with chronic limiting illnesses.
Our hospice and palliative care fellowship program produces health professionals who excel in palliative medicine and provide compassionate medical care, as well as emotional, spiritual and social support.
To offer interdisciplinary team-based specialized care for patients and families with serious illnesses, including:
Our curriculum employs a combination of clinical experience and didactic instruction to help you learn to support the best quality of life throughout an illness and to manage factors that contribute to the suffering of patients and their families. You will also develop skills in and experience with research, quality improvement and leadership in our rapidly growing field.
Throughout your year, you will become familiar with:
The didactic curriculum is innovative and comprehensive, and strongly emphasizes all of the following educational domains:
The 12-month clinical curriculum includes:
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|Research and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care||
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Site: SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, VA Saint Louis Health Care System - Jefferson Barracks Division
Faculty: Drs. Cruz, Rodin and Kornu at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Drs. Jain, Loitman and Cepeda at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System - Jefferson Barracks Division
Goal: Fellows join the inpatient palliative medicine consultation teams to assess palliative care needs, participate and eventually lead family meetings with patients, caregivers and healthcare team. Fellows see a wide variety of patients through these distinct services, which encompass a tertiary care academic medical center with Level 1 trauma center and a federally-run hospital.
Site: Crossroads Hospice
Faculty: Drs. Cruz, Flaherty and Raza
Goal: Throughout the year fellows will have exposure to different settings of palliative and hospice practice, including patient homes and long-term care facilities, with the goal to gain the knowledge and skills needed to care for a patient with a terminal life-threatening illness. The rotation entails a half day per month for a hospice/palliative interdisciplinary group meeting and a four-week long rotation for two months per year of home and nursing home hospice and palliative care.
Faculty: Drs. Cruz, Rodin and Kornu at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Drs. Jain,
Loitman and Cepeda at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System - Jefferson Barracks Division
Goal: The fellow will become familiar with the structure of palliative care in a clinically relevant field (e.g., geriatric medicine, interventional pain management, psychiatry, HIV clinic, radiation oncology, etc.) and will assist the team in pertinent procedures.
Faculty: Drs. Beck and Cruz at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital Cancer Center Supportive
Care Clinic. Drs. Jain, Loitman and Cepeda at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System
- Jefferson Barracks Division
Goal: Fellows will be introduced to the principles of palliative and end-of-life care for adults and elderly patients in the ambulatory setting of veterans and cancer patients.
Qualified applicants to the geriatric medicine fellowship program have successfully completed medical school and a residency in internal medicine, family medicine or combined internal medicine-pediatrics from an ACGME-accredited program.
Candidates must be board eligible/board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and/or American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). The division currently supports J-1 Visas and may support H-1B Visas on an individual basis.
Foreign medical graduates who have completed a non-ACGME approved internal medicine or family medicine program and are interested in a geriatric medicine fellowship should contact our division for eligibility determination.
Select applicants are interviewed by the program director and three to four faculty from the division. You will also have the opportunity to sit informally for lunch in the division, go on a tour of the campus and visit Life Care Center of St. Louis.