October 8, 2014

New grant to fund fellowship position in pediatric palliative care

Through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the University of Michigan has been awarded a fellowship grant from the Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation. The grant is in the amount of $40,000, and will partially support a fellowship position in pediatric palliative care beginning with the 2015 academic year. The U-M Department of Pediatrics has agreed to match the foundation's grant by committing financial support to supplement any pediatric fellow salary and benefits not covered by the grant.

The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has had a very successful Pediatric Palliative Care Program since 2004. The Pediatric Palliative Care service consults on over 400 children with serious and life-threatening illnesses per year and has become a national leader in providing end-of-life training to physicians and allied health professionals. In 2013 the Mott program welcomed its first pediatric fellow, whose training was paid for by the fellow's home institution. In 2014 a second fellow was admitted to the program and supported by a philanthropic gift.