• UC Davis Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship

Welcome to the UC Davis Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program's informational website.  This fellowship is jointly administered by UC Davis Health System,  VA Northern CA Health Care System, and Kaiser Permanente.

While much of our program information and details are listed here, we strongly urge you to visit us in Northern California and learn about who we are, what we do, and how you might join us.

We are an ACGME Accredited program and accept three (3) fellows in Hospice and Palliative Medicine on a yearly basis.  Our one (1) year program is designed to allow for a combination of clinical experiences and of creative/research/elective time to fulfill the training requirements for Board Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The program is designed for Diplomates of the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. We also have an option for a second research year for candidates who are interested in pursuing further academic endeavors.

We appreciate your interest and look forward to meeting you.

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

Fellows accepted to the program will be required to rotate through the following venues.

University of California at Davis Health 

  • Adult Inpatient Palliative Care Consults
  • Pediatric Inpatient Palliative Care Consults
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Pain Service
  • Outpatient Subspecialty Clinics

VA Northern California Health Care System (Sacramento and Martinez)

  • Adult Inpatient Palliative Care and Hospice Unit
  • Adult Inpatient Palliative Care Consults
  • Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Units
  • Home Based Palliative Care
  • Outpatient Primary Palliative Care Clinic
  • Outpatient Subspecialty Clinics
  • Outpatient Advance Illness Management Discharge Clinic

Kaiser Permanente North Valley (Sacramento and Roseville)

  • Adult Inpatient Palliative Care Consults
  • Pediatric Inpatient Palliative Care Consults
  • Kaiser Contracted Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Outpatient Primary Palliative Care Clinic
  • Outpatient Subspecialty Clinics

Shiners Hospital for Children Northern California

  • Pediatric Inpatient Palliative Care Consults

Hospice Care

  • UC Davis Home Care and Hospice
  • Kaiser Permanente Sacramento and Roseville Hospice Programs
  • VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
  • Avalon House, Sacramento, CA
  • George Mark Children's House, San Leandro CA

Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services

 

Scholarly Projects

Scholarly activity is an integral and required part of this fellowship.  Scholarly activity can be any academic work that furthers the field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, but typically involves research projects, quality improvement initiatives, or health care administration activities.  Per ACGME, all fellows are expected to complete and submit a minimum of one scholarly project by the end of the fellowship.  Fellows in our program will be expected to participate in two scholarly activities, one that is chosen from a list of pre-approved projects, and the other that is fellow-initiated.  There will be protected time for these activities.  For pre-approved projects, fellows will have a dedicated half-day per week to work with an assigned mentor to further the goals of the endeavor.  For fellow-initiated projects, fellows will be given 4 weeks of dedicated time to work on his/her project.  Fellows are expected to generate an end product from the scholarly activity, such as an abstract, publication or presentation at a conference.

Electives

Fellows will be given adequate time to explore the intersection of Hospice and Palliative Medicine with other subspecialties.  Electives will be scheduled into the rotational schedule and fellows will be allowed to choose amongst a list of possible electives.  Some examples are listed below.

  • Ethics Consultation
  • Interventional Pain Service
  • Geriatrics Clinic (e.g., End stage dementia clinic)
  • Psychiatry Clinic
  • Medical Oncology Clinic
  • Radiation Oncology Clinic
  • Pulmonology Clinic (e.g., End stage COPD clinic)
  • Cardiology Clinic (e.g., End stage CHF clinic)
  • Gastroenterology Clinic (e.g., End stage Liver Clinic)
  • Nephrology Clinic
  • Neurology Clinic (e.g., ALS or Movement Disorder Clinics)
  • Wound Care Clinic

Candidate Information

We offer opportunities for individuals who have completed the appropriate years in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology in the United States or Canada by the time they enter the fellowship-training program to apply to our program.  Candidates must be board certified or eligible in their respective Boards and must possess a California medical license before the start date of the fellowship program.  For more information, please visit your Board’s particular website or visit:  American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (www.aahpm.org).

A J-1 visa is required for foreign nationals interested in the UC Davis Hospice and Palliative Care Program.  We do not accept H1-B visas.  Please see the UC Davis document "Requirements for International Medical Graduates at UCDHS" (PDF) for more information

We are always recruiting students and invite you to participate in the application process.

Applicants for 2018-2019 Academic Year

We will be participating in the National Residency Match Program.   Candidates may  start  their application process through ERAS in June 2017.  Applications will be released for review to us beginning July 15, 2017.   Interview dates have yet to be determined  but will be Fridays in late August, September and October.

Salary and Benefits

The University provides competitive salaries for fellows.  In addition, the University provides health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, professional liability insurance, and retirement benefits for the fellows (and their family members when appropriate). Vacation is accrued per ACGME guidelines.

Contact Information

If you have any programmatic or administrative questions, please contact:

Chari Elijah
Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
4150 V Street, Suite 3400
Sacramento, CA  95817
916-734-4681(Phone)
916-734-7924 (Fax)
celijah@ucdavis.edu

For any other questions about the program, please contact:

Quy Tran, MD
Associate Fellowship Program Director
quy.tran@ucdavis.edu 

Program Leadership

  • John MacMillan, M.D.
    UC Davis Associate Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine
    Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Director
    UC Davis Health System

  • Quy Tran, M.D.
    UC Davis Assistant Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine, VCF
    Hospice and Palliative Medicine Associate Fellowship Program Director
    VA Northern CA Health Care System
  • Greg Naughton, M.D.
    UC Davis Assistant Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine, VCF
    Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

  • Shelly Garone, M.D.
    UC Davis Associate Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine, VCF
    Hospice and Palliative Medicine Associate Fellowship Program Director
    Kaiser Permanente Medical Group