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How to Apply

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship accepts 3 fellows each year. Admission criteria include completion of a primary training program in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine or one of the other approved residency programs that sponsor ABMS certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, including J-1 visa applicants. We currently do not accept H-1 visa applicants. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and we participate in the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) Medical Specialties Match. Interviews are typically held in mid-fall. 

Requirements for the fellowship include:

  • Completion of an ACGME-approved residency program in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, other approved residency programs that sponsors ABMS certification in Hospice & Palliative Medicine 
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent residence, or J-1 visa status 

All application materials are submitted through ERAS and include a CV, personal statement, USMLE transcript, ECFMG certificate (if applicable), and three letters of reference. 

The application process for the fellowship is separate from the NRMP matching process. Be sure to register with the NRMP if you wish to participate in the Match.

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Board Eligibility

To complete certification examination in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, all physicians are required to complete a 12 month accredited Hospice & Palliative Medicine fellowship. Per the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved HPM as a subspecialty of 10 participating boards. These subspecialties include Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Each board publishes its own eligibility criteria for physicians, and physicians can register for the certification exam through the primary board where they are certified. 

The initial certification exam is offered every other year (even-numbered years). 


Please direct any inquires to the Program Coordinator:

Jessica Repko, MA


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