Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship to train academic leaders in palliative medicine. The goal of the fellowship is to create a new generation of palliative care educators, role models, and clinicians who will lead the improvement of care for patients with serious illness and their families. We also offer opportunities for a second research-focused fellowship year to select candidates seeking to pursue careers as clinician investigators.

Through clinical training and a rigorous core curriculum, our palliative medicine fellows develop expertise in assessing and managing the physical, psychological, and spiritual suffering faced by patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. As a fellow, you are exposed to a broad array of care settings, including acute care at Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Beth Israel, outpatient palliative care, home-based palliative care and hospice, and long-term care. Throughout all of your clinical training settings, you work closely with a variety of mentors and interdisciplinary teams and develop skills in both primary and consultative practice. In addition to the clinical experiences, you also participate in a comprehensive longitudinal core curriculum that offers a breadth of high-quality palliative care didactics and education, intensive communication training (GeriTalk), quality improvement, and research and teaching skills training.

Program Highlights

Our program offers a variety of benefits to you as student:

  • Comprehensive curriculum encompassing patient care, curriculum design, clinical research, self care, and leadership skills
  • One-on-one mentoring from nationally recognized leaders in the field
  • Option for additional year of support to pursue an original, mentored research project
  • Flexibility to accommodate individual professional interests
  • Board-eligibility for certification in hospice and palliative medicine

How to Apply

Our program is open to individuals who are interested in addressing quality of life for their seriously ill patients. We look for applicants who have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education- or American Osteopathic Association-accredited residency program in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, radiation oncology, or surgery.  

We select fellows through the National Residency Match Program. You must submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), along with all supporting documents.

The following must be uploaded to ERAS:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement outlining your reasons for pursuing a career in palliative medicine, your experiences with palliative care, and a statement of your career goals
  • Three letters of support
  • Test scores (e.g., United States Medical Licensing Examination or Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates)

To apply or to receive further information, email randy.bradford@mssm.edu or call 212-241-8110.

  • Program Director: Elizabeth Lindenberger, MD
  • Associate Program Director: Stephen Berns, MD
  • Program Coordinator: Randy Bradford

For candidates who require visa sponsorship, we do not interview those living outside the United States. We do participate in both the J-1 and H1-B visa programs.

Applicants from Other Specialties

Our subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has ten parent boards that serve as co-sponsors under the American Board of Medical Specialties. They include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Although most of our fellows come from internal and family medicine backgrounds, we also welcome applicants from candidates trained in other specialties. If you completed training in a field other than internal or family medicine, you may need to do additional coursework or rotations before beginning your clinical work here.

Evaluation of Fellows

We developed our evaluation system using several sources:

  • Components required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Voluntary standards required of residency programs in palliative medicine
  • A framework of adult learning theory so that the evaluation process itself enhances and contributes to learning

Within a structured framework, you establish your own goals and objectives, develop a program to meet them, and evaluate whether you are doing so.

In addition to self-evaluation, you receive continuous feedback throughout your rotations, at the end of each rotation, and twice annually through the Clinical Competency Evaluation. Additionally, we have evaluation activities that provide feedback on your communication and teaching skills.

To ensure that our fellowship program continues as strong as possible, we have institutionalized the following opportunities to evaluate the faculty and the program itself:

  • You may formally and informally evaluate your faculty preceptor at the end of each rotation, anonymously. We encourage you to provide feedback as well at the monthly fellows' meeting.
  • We provide standardized seminar evaluation forms for all in attendance at didactic sessions and Grand Rounds; this information aids us in selecting speakers and topics for future sessions. In addition, you complete a program evaluation form at the end of the training year to provide feedback on your experience and the balance of clinical, teaching, and research commitments.