VHA OAA : VA Hospice and Palliative Care Initiative : Interprofessional Fellowships in Palliative Care

Department of Veterans Affairs is offering one-year fellowships in palliative care at six sites in 2002. Beginning between July and September 2002, each of the six training sites will be selecting up to four 1-year (or the equivalent) fellows / trainees. At least one, and no more than two of these fellows may be a physician at each of the sites. Each selected site will select one to three associated health (non-physician) fellow/trainee positions in disciplines involved in the practice of palliative care, e.g. nursing, social work, pharmacy, psychology and chaplaincy. The training for associated health disciplines may be for a period of 1-year or less depending on the discipline and the curriculum plan.

The purpose of this VA fellowship program is to develop leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to lead palliative care into the 21st century as well as to increase recruitment and retention of these specialists for the Veterans Health Administration. There is no obligation to work for VA after completion of the program. Annual salary varies by site and discipline

Eligibility Criteria for Physicians

Post-residency physician fellows must meet the following criteria:
  1. Have completed a residency program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Bureau of Professional Education (BPE) of the American Osteopathic Association.
  2. Have active, unrestricted licenses to practice in the U.S.
  3. Be board certified or eligible with demonstration of active pursuit of board certification.
  4. Demonstrate interest in pursuing careers with palliative care as a significant focus.
  5. Additional criteria as established by individual sites.

Eligibility Criteria for Associated Health Fellows

All associated health fellows must meet the following criteria:
  1. Have graduated from or be enrolled in accredited programs in their respective discipline.
  2. Be U.S. citizens
  3. Have active, unrestricted licenses to practice in the U.S., if eligible.
  4. Demonstrate interest in pursuing careers with palliative care as a significant focus.
  5. Additional criteria as established by individual sites.

For Further Information

For further information contact the director of training at the sites listed below:

Palo Alto, California
James Hallenbeck, MD, Director, email [email protected]

Bronx, New York
Judith Howe, PhD, Director, email [email protected]

Los Angeles, California
Kenneth Rosenfeld, MD, Director, email [email protected]

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Marcos Montagnini, MD, Director, email [email protected]

Portland, Oregon
Nora Tobin, MD, Director, email [email protected]

San Antonio Texas
Meghan Gerety, MD, Director, email [email protected]

Hub Site Information
James Hallenbeck, MD (1002C)
VA Palo Alto HCS
3801 Miranda Ave.
Palo Alto, California 94304

Phone: (650) 493-5000, ext. 63631.
Fax: (650) 849-0260.

Additional information about this program is available online at:

http://www.va.gov/oaa/fellowships/palliative.asp

http://www.va.gov/oaa/flp/hubsite_announcement.asp

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Keywords: VA, VHA, Veterans Health Administration, palliative medicine training, education
This content is provided by the Training and Program Assessment for Palliative Care (TAPC) project of the Office of Academic Affiliations of the Veteran's Health Administration. For more information visit our main web site at www.va.gov/oaa/flp. Logo of the Veterans Health Administration Office of Academic Affairs End of Life and Palliative Care program