Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited training program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM). This one year fellowship program offers training that leads to board eligibility in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

We accept applicants who have completed or will complete ACGME accredited residencies in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, or Surgery.

Trained fellows should possess the necessary knowledge, attitudes, skills and experience to become certified by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Development of teaching skills is central to the curriculum and should enable trained fellows to take on a leadership role in disseminating the principles and practices of the rapidly developing field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Given that many matriculating fellows will also participate in the development of new palliative care and hospice programs, considerable attention will be devoted to acquiring knowledge and skills in program development.

The fellowship program emphasizes a scholarly approach to palliative care. Fellows are expected to read extensively in this area and to attend local and national conferences as well as participate in a variety of local and regional projects and initiatives.

Fellows are expected to demonstrate academic proficiency either through literature review, a peer-review quality journal article, a book chapter, or other professional writing project, or a limited and closely-mentored research project.

Fellows gain palliative medicine expertise as they provide consultations for medical, psychological, and spiritual problems and coordinate team-based, integrative approaches in the Palliative (Supportive) Care Service. Palliative care services are provided to adults and children through multiple settings, including inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, and nursing facilities.