Division of Palliative Medicine

gramlingOur Palliative Medicine Program features a comprehensive inpatient service and is staffed by providers who are specially trained to support the physical and psychological needs of patients and families facing the complex challenges of life-threatening or chronic illness. 

The Palliative Care team work collaboratively with social workers, case managers, and the pastoral care program, as well as with Hospice of the Champlain Valley, UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice (formerly the VNA), the McClure Miller Respite House, Bayada Hospice and Home Health, and other community health agencies throughout Vermont.

Facing the challenges of life-threatening or chronic illness, patients and their families can benefit from the sensitive, thoughtful care that the UVM Medical Center Palliative Care program provides.

Education

The Division of Palliative Medicine provides phenomenal learning experiences for fellows, residents, medical students, graduate nursing students, and attendings.

Students

For medical students, we lead a 1-week course during the 3rd year of medical school that teaches students the clinical and communication skills for generalist palliative care. We also offer a 2-week rotation during the 4th year of medical school for students who would like to get more exposure to Palliative Medicine. Nursing students and APP students can also join us for 2-week rotations. If you are interested, please reach out to Luke Hebert.

Residents & Fellows

We teach in several residency programs at UVMMC, offering workshops on pain & symptom management as well as communication skills. Residents and fellows in other specialties can join us on the inpatient consult service for two-week and four-week elective rotations. If you are interested, please reach out to Heather Gottfried.

In 2022, we will be launching a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship for physicians who are interested in specializing in palliative care. Please visit our website for more details and who is eligible to apply. Applications for the 2022 cycle are due by August 15th at 1159 EST.

Continuing Medical Education

We offer communication skills courses through TalkVermont monthly to help practicing clinicians improve their skills in serious illness conversations. Please visit our website for info on the courses we offer.

We also hold monthly Great Rounds on various palliative care topics. If you are part of the UVMHN and are interested in attending, please reach out to Emily Andrulat.

 

Research

Visit the Vermont Conversation Lab for our research activities!


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