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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship


The Palliative Care Fellowship program offers strong clinical training to our fellows via rotations in Hospice, Adult Inpatient Care, Home Hospice, and several electives in facilities all across the Rochester region. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic, broad palliative care team which includes advanced practice providers, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, and nurses who will instill the values of teamwork required in our area of expertise.

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Sydney Rojek
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Director’s Letter

Welcome to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Rochester General Hospital! The Palliative Care team is elated to offer this fellowship. Since my training at Yale University fifteen years ago and my clinical training at Emory University, I have witnessed the remarkable growth within the field. More than ever, there is recognition for the need for multidisciplinary care that considers exceptional symptom management and the goals of the patient, family, and loved ones. The current workforce has a critical need - more than ever - to train compassionate and skilled clinicians in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 

Thank you again for considering our fellowship program and Hospice and Palliative Medicine as the next part of your training. We hope to hear from you soon, and in the interim, please read more or contact us to learn more about our program.

We look forward to meeting you,

Adam Herman, MD
Program Director

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Why Choose Rochester Regional Health

Rochester General Hospital is a premier teaching hospital and the flagship hospital for Rochester Regional Health. Our health system consists of five hospitals covering a 14-county area in Western New York State, with seamlessly integrated healthcare and multiple Healthgrades Excellence Awards and nominations as America’s Best Hospitals.

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About the Palliative Care Fellowship

Goals of the Fellowship

  1. Develop the skills, knowledge, and proficiency in all domains of clinical competency required to assume personal responsibility for the care of individual patients.
  2. Embrace the concept of graded responsibility in patient care. Over time, fellows will develop the competence to practice clinical hospice and palliative care independently.
  3. Establish a strong foundation for continued professional growth.
  4. Learn the value of becoming part of a multidisciplinary team to achieve the best possible patient care.
  5. Establish a caring attitude and sensitivity to the healthcare needs of a diverse society.
  6. Care for patients in a compassionate manner that considers physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Areas of Study

The educational assignments will include the following focus areas:

  • Adult Palliative Care Consultation
  • Continuity Clinic
  • Home Hospice
  • Inpatient Hospice
  • Long Term Care
  • Pediatric Palliative Care Experience
  • Electives, including:
    • Advanced Heart Failure
    • Clinical Informatics
    • Geriatrics
    • Interventional Pain
    • Oncology
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Psychiatric
    • Substance Abuse

How to Apply

We participate in the NRMP match. All applicants must apply through the ERAS website. We do not accept any applicants not participating in the match. All applicants must have completed an internal medicine or family medicine residency program in the United States.

Applicants will need the following materials for their applications:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE scores
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Personal Statement

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Applications will be accepted until 1 month prior to the ERAS rank submission deadline. Candidates will be interviewed virtually and provided materials to learn more about our campus and facilities.

Benefits & Compensation

The following is a list of benefits granted to all fellows.

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    Life insurance

    Employer paid coverage equal to 1x salary with option to purchase added coverage up to five (5) times annual salary.

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    Short-Term Disability

    Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of an approved disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend.

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    Long-Term Disability

    Residents are provided with long-term disability of 50% of resident stipend in the event of an approved long-term disability.  Residents have an option to purchase additional long-term disability to bring the amount up to 66.67%.

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    Opportunity to enroll in one of two comprehensive medical insurance plans.

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    Option to enroll in tax deferred annuity plan.

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    Option to purchase one of two plans.

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    Vision/Hearing Plan

    Option to purchase a vision & hearing plan

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    EAP is free, confidential service for employees and immediate family members that provides assistance with everyday work and family issues, as well as more challenging personal concerns.

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    On-site Child Care

    Child care programs are offered for children between the ages of eight weeks to pre-school, and a before and after-school program is available to serve employees and the community. Preferential consideration is given to Hospital employees based upon availability; these employees receive a discounted rate.

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    Paid Vacation


Our faculty of outstanding mentors and teachers have trained at highly-renowned academic programs across the nation, and find joy in teaching our Internal Medicine Residents.

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Living in Rochester

Rochester is the third-largest city in New York State, inhabited by more than one million people. With more than 140 festivals each year, 12,000 acres of meticulously-maintained parks, 60+ public golf courses, and more than 100 breweries, distilleries, and wineries, Rochester, NY is more than just a city nestled against Lake Ontario.

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Rochester Regional Health Sites

You and your fellow fellows will work in several of Rochester Regional’s locations, including:

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All applicants must apply through the ERAS website.

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Heather Bacchetta, Program Coordinator 

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