VUMC Program in Palliative Medicine
The Palliative Medicine program at Vanderbilt University consists of dedicated inpatient and outpatient programs both at the University Hospital and the Nashville VA. Our goal is to ease the suffering and enhance the quality of care for our patients and their families dealing with an advanced or life-threatening illness through fostering leadership and supporting outstanding clinical and educational programs in palliative care. Physician training through clinical electives is offered to fellows (palliative care, geriatrics, medical oncology, critical care, pain) and medical residents. Medical student training is available through clinical electives and intercessions. We partner with various Advanced Practice Nursing Programs locally and routinely have nursing students complete their clinical coursework through elective rotations. By educating future generations of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, the program serves as a local and national resource for the best practices in palliative care delivery, education and research.