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Program Coordinator, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program
Nicole Burnside
Phone: 305-575-3388; 305-575-7231
Email: N.Burnside@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Two positions are filled through the NRMP and we offer out-of-match positions. For out-of-match positions, final fellowship selections are made among the interviewed candidates by the faculty and/or selection committee.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning from July to December. Interviews are conducted from October to January.

Call Schedule

Throughout the year, each fellow will take on call at UHealth Tower once every fourth week.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 NW 16th St

Miami, FL 33125

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Holtz Children’s Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 NW 12th Ave

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 NW 12th Ave

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 prior to the start of the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed residency in one of the following specialty areas: anesthesiology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry or radiation oncology.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Mission & Vision

We strive to transform the care of seriously ill and/or terminally ill patients and their families by improving healthcare value and clinical outcome in accordance with their defined goals of care. We do this by training a new generation of physicians to become leaders in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

Mission & Vision

We strive to transform the care of seriously ill and/or terminally ill patients and their families by improving healthcare value and clinical outcome in accordance with their defined goals of care. We do this by training a new generation of physicians to become leaders in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

Program Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in our fellowship program. Established in 2014, our ACGME-accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program offers a well-rounded clinical training experience in hospice and palliative medicine, caring for a diverse patient population under the mentorship of experienced, board-certified faculty.

Program Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in our fellowship program. Established in 2014, our ACGME-accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program offers a well-rounded clinical training experience in hospice and palliative medicine, caring for a diverse patient population under the mentorship of experienced, board-certified faculty.

Fellows are exposed to all sectors of the healthcare system throughout their fellowship, learning to perform effective palliative care consultation, inpatient hospice or palliative care management, outpatient consultation and long-term care. This is accomplished at various facilities/agencies including, but not limited to, Jackson Memorial Hospital, the third-largest teaching hospital in the country; Holtz Children’s Hospital; Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the largest veterans center in South Florida; University of Miami Health System’s UHealth Tower and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; and VITAS Healthcare, the largest for-profit community hospice agency in South Florida.

In addition to a rich clinical experience, fellows will have a wide variety of specialty and subspecialty elective options including cancer support services; heart transplant program; hematology and oncology; pain medicine and interventional pain service; physical medicine and rehabilitation and radiation oncology.

Our palliative care team works closely and collaboratively with interdisciplinary team members including social workers, rehabilitation and recreational therapists, chaplains and volunteers to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients and families. Fellows will learn to engage and work effectively with the interdisciplinary team in all settings, as well as to provide recommendations on care plan development, care coordination and care transition.

With a pediatric track and two-year combined geriatric and palliative medicine fellowship track available, our fertile academic environment is very conducive to conduct clinical and education research projects and offers excellent opportunities for various scholarly activities to promote career development.

-Khin Zaw, MD, FACP

Description

In addition to a rich clinical experience, fellows will have a wide variety of specialty and subspecialty elective options including cancer support services; heart transplant program; hematology and oncology; pain medicine and interventional pain service; physical medicine and rehabilitation and radiation oncology.

Our palliative care team works closely and collaboratively with interdisciplinary team members including social workers, rehabilitation and recreational therapists, chaplains and volunteers to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients and families. Fellows will learn to engage and work effectively with the interdisciplinary team in all settings, as well as to provide recommendations on care plan development, care coordination and care transition.

With a pediatric track and two-year combined geriatric and palliative medicine fellowship track available, our fertile academic environment is very conducive to conduct clinical and education research projects and offers excellent opportunities for various scholarly activities to promote career development.

-Khin Zaw, MD, FACP

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

4

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

1 of only 6 combined geriatrics/palliative medicine fellowship programs in the country

Largest VA Medical Center in South Florida

Wide variety of elective options

Clinical Experience

Year 1

Our one-year training program involves competency-based educational activities encompassing experiential learning in various clinical settings to structured didactics in the classroom.

Weekly didactic activity is structured throughout the year and is strictly protected from clinical activities. The immersion course relevant to HPM clinical practice such as pain and symptom management, communication skills and prognostication, is scheduled within the first two months of training, followed by weekly didactics.

Fellows participate and learn during didactic activities by presenting notable cases and reviewing and analyzing articles or topics. A faculty-led board review question/answer session is scheduled every other week to prepare for board examination. The weekly lecture series includes various topics relevant to HPM and/or related fields, presented by faculty or by invited guest lecturers/experts.
Representative didactic activities are as follows:
Week 1 –
Director Meeting; Case Presentation; Article Review and PC Lecture
Week 2 –
Scholarly Activities; Case Presentation; Board Review and PC Lecture
Week 3 –
Case Presentation; Book Chapter and PC Lecture
Week 4 –
Scholarly Activities; Case Presentation; Board Review & PC Lecture

There are many elective options including geriatric medicine, many site disease groups in hematology and oncology, radiation oncology, pain medicine/interventional pain service, heart failure clinic/heart transplant program, infectious disease and HIV medicine, pulmonary/critical care medicine, GI/hepatology, nephrology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, medical marijuana and wound care. Each fellow has one four-week block of elective rotation. Fellows are allowed to select options to meet their educational needs and to attend more than one option during the block.

Each fellow is assigned to a faculty mentor to guide professional development and to discuss other matters that fellows may need help with. Fellows will have plenty of opportunities to improve their teaching skills. All participating institutions have trainees of various levels and backgrounds and fellows participate in small- group teaching, bedside teaching, giving lectures or didactics and in-service.

Fellows will learn to conduct a domain-based, comprehensive, whole-person assessment and to provide goal-directed, individualized treatment and care plan recommendations. Fellows will also have one hour of protected time every other week to conduct scholarly activities such as quality improvement projects, patient safety projects or research activities.

Your Faculty

Enrique Aguilar, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine
Associate Chief of Staff, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Miami VA Healthcare System

G. Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM
Professor and Division Chief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Holtz Children’s Hospital

Ryan Chapman, DO
Associate Medical Director, Palliative Medicine and Transitional Care
Voluntary Faculty

Mariana Khawand-Azoulai, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine
Associate Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program
Medical Director Palliative Medicine

Paul Pugliese, MD
Voluntary Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine
Medical Director, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Miami-Dade County

Julia Sanchez, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine
Site Director, UHealth Tower

Elizabeth Schultz, MD
Voluntary Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine
Medical Director, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Miami-Dade County

Khin Zaw, MD, FACP
Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Cezary Zawadzki, MD
Medical Director, Palliative Medicine and Transitional Care
Site Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Alumni Placements Include:

Baptist Hospital of Miami
Jackson Memorial Hospital
National Institutes of Health
UHealth Tower
VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
JenCare Senior Medical Center

Alumni Placements Include:

Baptist Hospital of Miami
Jackson Memorial Hospital
National Institutes of Health
UHealth Tower
VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
JenCare Senior Medical Center