Visiting Scholars Program

The Mount Sinai Hospital

Founded in 1852, The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the country's oldest and largest voluntary teaching hospitals. Mount Sinai is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care, education, and scientific research in nearly every aspect of medicine. Mount Sinai's 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching hospital is located at 98th Street and Madison Avenue. and serves Manhattan's Upper East Side and Harlem, as well as patients from all over the world.

Icahn School of Medicine

Located in Manhattan, Icahn School of Medicine is internationally recognized for ground-breaking clinical and basic-science research, and innovative approaches to medical education. Mount Sinai ranks 9th in the percentage of graduates who go on to faculty positions in medical schools across the country. One indication of Mount Sinai's leadership in scientific investigation is its receipt during FY02 of over $142 million in NIH grants, placing it 22nd among the nation's 125 medical schools. Icahn School of Medicine also is known for unique educational programs such as the Humanities in Medicine program, which creates opportunities for liberal arts students to pursue medical school, and instructional innovations like The Morchand Center, the nation's largest program teaching students and physicians with "standardized patients" to become not only highly skilled, but compassionate, caregivers. Long dedicated to its community, the School extends its boundaries to work with the East Harlem community through diverse health care and educational initiatives.

The Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute

The Palliative Care Program at Mount Sinai Health System was developed as a response to the physical and emotional needs of hospitalized patients and families facing serious and life-threatening illness. The Institute was officially inaugurated in 1995 with an educational initiative funded by the Project on Death in America.

Clinical services began in 1997 with the creation of an in-patient consultation service. Our daily census averages between 25 and 35 patients divided between two teams with a monthly consultation volume of 80-100 new patients and a total of approximately 1100 unique patients seen per year. In 1998, the program was privately endowed and renamed the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute. In 2002, we established an outpatient palliative care consult service. We are now partnering with Oncology, Geriatrics and other specialties to establish an integrated program for ambulatory patients. Our Integrated Palliative Medicine Fellowship is an NCI-funded model of postgraduate training in oncology, geriatrics, and palliative medicine. Fellows enter either a three-year integrated geriatrics/palliative medicine track or a four-year hematology/oncology/palliative medicine track.

The Visiting Scholar Program

The Visiting Scholar Program is based at the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute (HPCI) of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development. This program is designed for clinician leaders who are implementing palliative care services.

Participants have the option to spend one to four weeks at the HPCI. A needs assessment will help customize the program for participants' objectives and goals, whether they are clinical, educational, or research oriented.

Clinical Experience

Our interdisciplinary team of specialists, including palliative care physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and licensed massage therapists, works closely with the patient, their primary physician, and family to ensure comprehensive care of all needs and concerns. Palliative care services are provided primarily through our:

  • Hospital-wide consultation service
  • Inpatient Palliative Care Unit
  • Outpatient consultation practice

Other partnerships include:

  • home medical care services for homebound patients through the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program
  • home and hospice care services through the Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Working with our Inpatient Consultation Service provides the Visting Scholar with exposure to and training in:

  • Patient and family assessment
  • Care planning and establishing goals of care
  • Communication
  • Symptom and side effect management
  • Continuing care across settings
  • Teaching in the clinical setting
  • Documentation, Coding and Billing
  • Billing systems
  • Reimbursement
  • Staffing and team function
  • Quality monitoring

Educational Conferences

Regular educational activities are designed to bring members of the Institute and Department of Geriatrics, as well as other interdisciplinary team members and trainees, together to learn:

  • Weekly Multi-disciplinary Clinical Conferences
  • Monthly Palliative Medicine Continuing Education Meetings
  • Bi-monthly Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics Grand Rounds
  • Monthly Schwartz Center Rounds
  • Weekly Fellows Didactic Sessions
  • Annual Education on Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) course
  • Annual CME Course, "Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric & Palliative Medicine"

Application Procedure

Visiting Scholars will obtain an immersion experience in practical palliative and end-of-life care. Participants will work closely with our interdisciplinary team as they care for patients referred to the HPCI. The key to this experience is the hands on mentorship and networking provided by this program.

We have a limited number of slots available for Visiting Scholars. Participants are encouraged to apply well in advance. A completed application must be received by the Education Coordinator at least 3 months before the actual visit is requested. Scholars may spend one (1) to four (4) weeks in the program. To help us create the most comprehensive and effective experience for Visiting Scholars, we ask each applicant to complete an application and a needs assessment form.

Once the application is received and reviewed, the prospective participant will be notified of program availability and scheduling details. If the requested dates are not available, alternate dates will be offered.


The Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute is supported by tuition fees, grant revenue and donations.

Tuition Fees One Week Two Weeks Three Weeks Four Weeks
Physicians $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 $4,000
Nurses, Social Work, and other Health Care Professionals $500 $750 $1,000 $1,500
Chaplains $250 $500 $625 $750

*Subject to change

If you are not able to afford these fees, please send a written request for an adjustment with your completed application.

If you are interested in joining us for a shorter time-period, please contact us with your request.

  1/2 Day Full Day
Physicians $250 $400
Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, and other Health Care Professionals $100 $175
Administrators $250 $500



Icahn School of Medicine is located between Madison & 5th Avenues at 100th Street. In New York this area is considered "Uptown" or the "Upper East Side." The institute does not have the ability to provide housing for visiting scholars. However, information about accommodations and directions can be found here.

Contact Information

Applications, additional information, and ongoing communication should be directed to:

Diane M. Maguire, MPH
Education Program Manager
Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute
Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development
Icahn School of Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place Box 1070
New York, NY 10029-6574

Tel: 212-241-8830
Fax : 212-241-5960

Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute Faculty and Staff

Members of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute have special interests and areas of expertise. The majority of our physician faculty members are certified by The American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The following is a roster of the members of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute.

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACN

Research Director
R. Sean Morrison, MD

Medical Director
Emily Chai, MD

Administrative Director
Ellen Miller

Education Program Manager
Diane M. Maguire, MPH

Additional Members of the HPCI
Anna Blohm, MD
Julia Carol, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN
Carolina Collison, MSN, ANP, OCN, ACHPN
JD Elder, B.S., LMT
Marianne Gelber, MS, APRN, BC-PCM, GNP-BC
Laura Gelfman, MD
Suzy Goldhirsh, MA
Nathan Goldstein, MD
Jay Horton, FNP, MPH, BC-PCM
Evgenia Litrivis, MD
Rabbi Edie Meyerson
Judith Nelson, MD, JD
Joanna Sheinfeld, MD
Cardinale Smith, MD
Rainier P. Soriano, MD
Theresa Soriano, MD
Mark Swidler, MD

Contact Us

Fellowship Coordinator
Tel: 212-241-8110

Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1070
New York, NY 10029-6574