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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Through an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care, the mission of the UAMS Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program is to provide supervised opportunities for fellows to develop clinical and interpersonal skills, knowledge, professional attitudes and practical experience required of a physician competent in the practice of palliative medicine.

The program is fully accredited by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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Program Objectives

Our one-year, adult fellowship program is an ACGME accredited fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and trains physicians to become skilled palliative care clinicians in preparation for a career in academic palliative medicine or community practice. Graduates will be subspecialty board-eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The program is designed to achieve five primary educational objectives:

1. Demonstrate competency in pain symptom management of chronically and terminally ill patients.

2. Become an effective communicator with patients and families.

3. Exhibit skill in decision-making and management of advanced disease.

4. Contribute to the advancement of the field as an educator and researcher.

5. Exemplify professionalism, clinical scholarship, and compassion.

Curriculum Overview

Rotations

-3 months – UAMS Medical Center – inpatient consults

-4 months – Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System inpatient unit and consults

-1 month – Home Hospice

-1 month – Elective

-2 weeks Long Term Care

-2 weeks – Arkansas Children’s Hospital PalCare Team

-1 month – QA/Research

-1 month – Ambulatory

Didactics 

-Palliative Care Core Curriculum – once/week

-Palliative Care Didactic – once/month

-Case Conference  – once/month

-Journal Club – once/month

-Board Review – once/month

-Palliative Medicine Ethics Meeting –  once/month.

Training Sites

-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center is a 397 bed academic teaching hospital and tertiary referral center and is home to many institutes and centers of excellence.

-Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) houses 548 total beds (Little Rock and North Little Rock campuses) that includes both acute care and long-term care for Veterans.

-Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is the only pediatric hospital in Arkansas and is among the ten largest children’s hospitals in the United States.

-Arkansas Hospice, Inc. is the largest non-profit community-based hospice in the state of Arkansas.

Faculty

Sarah E. Harrington, MD – Program Director

Brian Bell, MD – CMO, Arkansas Hospice

Carrie Brown, MD – Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Megan Davis, MD

Ayman Abdel-Halim, MD

Heather Moore, MD

Elizabeth Rogers, MD

Clark Smith, MD

Carrie Brown, MD – Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Neal Wyatt, MD – Medical Director, Arkansas Hospice

Fellowship Application

Eligibility:

MD or DO who has successfully completed training in an ACGME accredited residency program. Board-certified or board-eligible in Internal or Family Medicine (preferred, although other specialties will be considered). Minimum one-year commitment.

To Apply: We have 3 positions available for July 2018 and will be accepting applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service(ERAS) and will be participating in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Interview dates are TBA.

Inquiries:

Shirley Nixon

E-Mail: SJNixon@uams.edu

Phone: 1-501-686-8511  Fax: 1-501-686-6342