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Fellowship Programs


All fellowship positions in our Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program for the 2016-2017 academic year have been filled.

We exclusively use ERAS for application information and participate in the NRMP Match. Applications for the 2017-18 fellowship year MUST BE IN ERAS website by July 15, 2016 when we will begin reviewing applications and offering interview dates. Additional details are available on the AAHPM website.

Interviews for the 2017-18 fellowship year will be scheduled in late August - October 2016. Preferred candidates need to be Board Eligible or Board Certified by an ABMS-recognized board. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Erin Denney-Koelsch, Fellowship Director or Brenda Herrmann, Fellowship Coordinator at 585.275.7987.

Curriculum Overview and Rotations

Our ACGME-accredited fellowship includes multidisciplinary clinical training, a palliative care seminar series, mentored teaching and scholarship in a unique environment featuring innovative palliative care interventions, strong relationships with other disciplines within the University, and long-standing leadership and collaboration with community partners and institutions. The trainee will be responsible for care of inpatients and outpatients in varied settings, including a large academic teaching hospital with acute inpatient and ambulatory care, consultation services, inpatient and home hospice, and skilled nursing facilities. Our hospital includes the Sussman Palliative Care Inpatient Unit, the only hospital-based, dedicated palliative care unit in the region.

An individualized learning plan provides varied opportunities within a curriculum comprising tutorials, seminars, teaching, and formal courses. The fellowship includes protected time to pursue a mentored research project, and provides one-on-one mentoring from nationally recognized leaders in the field.

Pediatric Track:

  • We offer an optional pediatric track for those qualified applicants interested in receiving more pediatric training. (approximately 12-16 week/yr pediatrics).

Geriatric Track:

  • We also offer a geriatric track, in which fellows are jointly interviewed for palliative care and geriatrics fellowships. In this track, fellows spend more of their time at Highland Hospital, our excellent UR affiliated community hospital with a geriatric focus.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Objectives

Applying to the Program

For consideration for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program within the Division of Palliative Care, please apply using the ERAS website. Please note that all applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident, or a J1 Visa holder to apply to the Palliative Care Program.
For further information or questions, please contact our Fellowship Coordinator, Brenda Herrmann

Thank you,

Fellowship Director: Erin M. Denney-Koelsch, M.D.

Fellowship Co-Director: Timothy Quill, M.D.

Fellowship Coordinator: Brenda Herrmann
Phone: (585) 275-7987
Fax: (585) 275-7403

For more information regarding fellowship programs, please visit University of Rochester Medical Center Fellowship Programs.