Welcome to the University of California at Davis Health System Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.  We would be delighted to have you as a colleague, and look forward to working together with you if accepted to our program.  Our innovative fellowship is designed to prepare you for excellence in clinical care, teaching, scholarship, research, quality improvement, and health care administration.  Our goal is to mentor fellows toward a leadership role in the field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 

The fellowship will take place at a multitude of sites and settings, and skills gained will vary according to the goals of that rotation.  Rotational sites will endeavor to integrate essential concepts across core competencies to develop well rounded fellows.  Settings in which these skills will be cultivated include:

  • University of California at Davis Health System
  • VA Northern California Health Care System
  • Kaiser Permanente North Valley
  • Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California
  • George Mark Children’s House
  • UC Davis Home Care and Hospice
  • Kaiser Permanente Sacramento and Roseville Hospice Programs
  • Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
  • George Mark Children's House
  • Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services

There will be required regular core curricular seminars, journal clubs, and other didactic sessions dedicated to the acquisition of the skills demanded of future Hospice and Palliative Medicine leaders.  They also aim to enhance the fellows’ pedagogical and scholarship skills. Teaching medical students, residents, and peers is an integral and required component of our fellowship program.  You will receive special training in the educational pedagogy of clinical teaching in general and specifically as it relates to Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  You  will be expected to teach and observed while you train our medical students, house staff, and your peers and the faculty will work with you to optimize your clinical teaching skills.

Research, quality improvement and administrative skill development is mandatory and is fostered through guided mentoring of individual scholarly projects.  Faculty advisors advise and guide fellows at all stages of a project, from defining the question of interest to preparing and presenting the findings.  Furthermore, adequate unstructured time is allocated throughout the fellowship for scholarly work.  The optimization of this time, which can be tailored to meet your individual educational goals, can be coordinated with the program director.

You are the leaders of tomorrow.  The field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is still in its infancy and needs a group of passionate and committed leaders to help the field grow and develop into a robust medical sub-specialty.  To this end, you will receive ongoing intense mentoring to help you further develop your professional portfolio and your leadership skills, thereby equipping you with the requisite skills to shape the field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and its future.

We hope that you can join us as a Fellow of Hospice and Palliative Medicine here at the University of California at Davis Health System.


Warmest regards,


John MacMillan, M.D.
Fellowship Program Director
UCDHS Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program