Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

The ideal hospice and palliative medicine specialist uses exceptional communication skills together with outstanding clinical skills and extensive medical knowledge to support and guide each patient and family through the course of serious illness, while ensuring optimal pain and symptom management. What is more, the ideal HPM physician is also a well-rounded, resilient, skilled, and compassionate physician, team member, and teacher, as well as being a visionary leader armed with the knowledge, skills and vision to help build and improve hospice and palliative programs. Achieving this takes hard work, compassion, and dedication, but also requires outstanding training and mentoring.

UICOMP, in association with OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center and OSF Hospice, is pleased to offer an ACGME accredited subspecialty program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2018-2019 is our first year training fellows; we welcome applicants for the 2019-2020 calendar year. We offer a training program carefully designed to provide fellows with excellent career preparation necessary to become outstanding Palliative and Hospice Medicine specialists in any setting.

Our goals are to:

  • Provide robust clinical training in all areas of Palliative and Hospice Medicine
  • Train excellent communicators, able to navigate very difficult situations and build trust and understanding to help optimize decision-making and avoid future regrets
  • Train excellent clinicians, able to effectively identify and address both a wide range of symptoms as well as the underlying syndrome or cause(s) for each
  • Build a deep palliative knowledge base in order to optimally manage each patient’s pain and symptoms while recognizing or avoiding medication-related side effects and problems, including sedation, delirium, and opioid misuse
  • Foster each fellow’s growth as a resilient, compassionate and well-rounded individual, and as a team member, team leader, teacher, visionary, decision-maker, scientist, teacher, and guide
  • Train fellows in the diverse skills and knowledge needed to build and grow into successful palliative and hospice programs and to avoid common pitfalls
  • Utilize evidence whenever possible to optimize patient care, and to teach a thoughtful, critical approach to the literature that helps optimize this
  • Do so in a collegial, collaborative and respectful environment, which fosters healthy work-life balance, lifelong learning, resiliency, and constant quality improvement

Our fellowship consists of a one-year training program which follows completion of an ACGME accredited residency in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, Physical and Rehab Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Surgery, or OB/GYN.  We adhere to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) policies, and applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Contact Us

Michaela Reneau
Program Coordinator
Fax: 309-624-4611

Tayyaba Irshad, MD MPH
Program Director