The purpose of the Vanderbilt Palliative  Medicine Fellowship Program is to produce leaders who provide the best possible care to their patients and make important contributions to the field of  emerging field of palliative care , to healthcare, and to the communities in which they work.  Since its inception in 2008, our interdisciplinary, multi-campus program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has trained over 30 fellows who hold successful careers in academic medicine, community leadership and hospice-based practices.  The program is affiliated with the Vanderbilt Center for Quality in Aging and the VA Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC)

Program Vision

To create and build upon a legacy of excellence in caring for those with serious illness and those at the end of life.

Program Mission

Our specific mission is to train physicians who are:

  1. Competent as palliative medicine physicians, who truly care
  2. Familiar with palliative care systems in academic, public, private and Veterans Affairs sectors
  3. Lifelong learners and teachers, evolving, strengthening and sharing palliative medicine knowledge and skills
  4. Proficient in techniques of interdisciplinary leadership and quality improvement (QI)
  5. Catalysts for improving outcomes of palliative care in the health care systems where they work

Program Tracks

 We offer three tracks for training with the fellowship

  • CLINICAL TRACK: ACGME-accredited 1-year Clinical Palliative Medicine Fellowship (pre-requisite for below)
  • RESEARCH TRACK: VA Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics
    • 1 year clinical + 2 years Advanced Research Fellowship in Aging
    • 1 year clinical + 2 years Aging Research Fellowship through the T-32 funding process. (Includes an MCI or MPH)
  • QUALITY IMPROVEMENT TRACK:VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program
    • 1 year clinical Fellowship in HPM + 2 years additional Quality Scholars Program (Includes an MCI or MPH)

Program Video

GME Video Tour