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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

UICOMP, in association with OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center and OSF Hospice and Cancer Services, started the ACGME accredited subspecialty program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2018.

We offer an evidenced-based, superiorly rated fellowship program carefully and flexibly designed to provide fellows with the excellent career preparation necessary to become Hospice and Palliative Medicine experts and leaders. Our fellowship consists of a one-year training program that follows the completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, Physical and Rehab Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Surgery, or OB/GYN.

Learning Sites Heading link

  • OSF St. Francis Medical Center

    OSF St. Francis Medical Center is a 629 bed tertiary referral and teaching hospital with eight residency programs, several fellowship programs, and a full range of medical services. It is the largest medical center in Illinois outside of Chicago, and serves a large area of Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.

  • Children’s Hospital of Illinois

    Children’s Hospital of Illinois, located within St. Francis Medical Center, has 136 beds, and includes a Level 1 Trauma Center, Cancer Center, and a supportive (pediatric palliative) care program.

  • OSF Community Hospice

    OSF Community Hospice provides comprehensive care for hospice patients throughout their regions. The Central Region, which covers seven counties near Peoria, is the primary location for teaching. OSF Central Region Hospice typically cares for a census of 80 to 100 patients in homes and long-term care facilities throughout the region. Close to half of patients have oncology problems, with the remainder having a mix of pulmonary, cardiovascular, nephrologic and neurological disease.

  • OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home

    OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home is a beautiful new 16 bed Inpatient Hospice facility in Peoria, Illinois. The hospice home serves patients who are suffering from distressing symptoms that cannot be effectively or feasibly managed in their own home or a long term care facility. Very complex cases are routinely cared for at the Owens Hospice Home,
    making it an ideal teaching facility.

  • OSF Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic

    The OSF Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic is a one-half day a week longitudinal ambulatory experience for the fellows. It provides continuity of care and fosters the development of therapeutic relationships with patients and families.

  • Jump Simulation

    The Jump training and research center provides a unique opportunity for training and research, focusing on use of simulations and other technology to improve medical training and care.

Message from the Program Director Heading link

A headshot of Tayyaba Irshad

Thank you for being interested in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria.

The field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is a calling for unique professionals who desire meaning in their lives and their profession. As HPM physicians, we are tasked with the holistic care of individuals and families, and we are also reformers in medicine and healthcare. Our training program in HPM aims to equip our fellows with the knowledge, resources, and skill set needed to excel. We have devised a flexible schedule with a tailored curriculum and ample elective options to meet the individual fellow’s interests. Fellows have opportunities to focus on clinical, academic, research, or administrative skills. They are exposed to various inpatient, outpatient, home, and skilled nursing settings, including a dedicated hospice inpatient facility.

Additionally, opportunities lie with pediatric palliative care. We also offer our fellows a multitude of multispecialty resources to teach and learn from, including medical professionals from six residency programs, several fellowship programs, and UICOMP medical students while being a part of the palliative care and hospice teams. Our HPM program comprises dedicated professionals, including physicians, advanced practice providers, social workers, and chaplains, as part of the interdisciplinary team who are committed to training physicians to become emerging leaders in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine field. Our program is exceptional in the diversity of its faculty and educational experiences and is not dependent on fellows for clinical work. The palliative medicine program permeates the medical center and OSF supportive care system. We have integrated palliative medicine in medical, surgical, neurological, and cardiac intensive care units, the oncology floor, and other specialized units of our level one tertiary care teaching hospital with multispecialty.

We look forward to growing together over the coming years! As the program director, I am entirely
invested in the success of our fellows and will be pleased to discuss our program in detail with you.

Applying to the fellowship Heading link

We adhere to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) policies, to foster equity, diversity, fairness, and transparency. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). By following these standardized processes, we aim to create a level playing field for all applicants, ensuring that each candidate is given an equal opportunity to showcase their qualifications and potential for our program.


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