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Educational Programs

UR Medicine: Medicine of the Highest Order

The URMC Palliative Care Division offers a wealth of formal and interactive education for multidisciplinary healthcare trainees, clinicians and other members of the UR Medicine and greater Rochester community. Our educational goals are to facilitate the highest level of Palliative Care specialist development; and to enrich non-Palliative Care clinicians’ knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care for people with serious illness.

Formal Education Programs for Clinician Trainees


Our one-year ACGME-accredited Hospice & Palliative Medicine fellowship includes outstanding multidisciplinary training across the age- and disease-spectrum in hospital, office, home, community and long-term care settings. We offer a Pediatric track and Neuropalliative care track.

Learn more about the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at URMC.


All second-year residents in the Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics residency programs are required to complete a two-week clinical palliative care rotation, which emphasizes the care of hospitalized seriously ill patients. It is an immersive, facilitated opportunity to advance their knowledge in complicated symptom management and hone high-level skills in serious illness conversations.

Learn more about our Residency programs in Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics.

Medical School

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (URSMD) has an innovative, comprehensive palliative care educational program, and continues through all 4 years of training. There is an elective for end-of-year-three and year-four students to experience an immersive 2-week inpatient Palliative Care rotation. 

Read more about URSMD’s unique approach to palliative care education

School of Nursing

Palliative care and end-of-life content are integrated throughout the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula in clinical, ethical, policy, and theory coursework. In addition, the School of Nursing offers a hospice and palliative care elective. Students have the opportunity to interact with members of the palliative care team, attend palliative care rounds, and investigate palliative care and hospice care as delivered at home and in institutional settings.