Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Adam Marks
Director, Adam Marks, MD; Associate Directors - D'Anna Saul, MD and Laura Taylor, MD

Michigan Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Fellowship, led by Director Adam Marks, MD, MPH, and Associate Directors D'Anna Saul, MD and Laura Taylor, MD, MSc, is a one-year program that promotes excellence in HPM medicine. With the objective of developing experts and leaders in the field, and ensuring that patients with serious illness receive informed, expert, and appropriate care, the program offers a wide variety of clinical rotations, educational experiences, and scholarly/research opportunities. 

Trainees work with highly qualified, interdisciplinary faculty to prepare for a career in palliative medicine with an emphasis on academic and clinical practice. Fellows will be eligible to obtain board certification in hospice and palliative medicine at the completion of their one year of training.

Our palliative care educational programs aim to train the next generation of providers and to increase the number of physicians specifically trained for palliative medicine. We offer a variety of programs:

  • Adult Fellowship ProgramOur ACGME-accredited program is open to applicants who have trained in a variety of medical specialties. We offer three adult positions per year.
  • Pediatric Fellowship ProgramOur ACGME-accredited program is open to applicants who have trained in pediatrics. We offer one pediatric position per year.
  • Nurse Practitioner Fellowship ProgramIn addition to physician training, we offer a one-year comprehensive post-graduate fellowship program that allows new graduates and experienced nurse practitioners to acquire clinical expertise in hospice and palliative care through a variety of clinical, educational and research opportunities during their training. We offer one NP position per year.
  • Combined Geriatric - Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program: Our ACGME-accredited program is an innovative two-year training program that leads to Board eligibility in both Geriatric and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. We offer one position per year.

The curriculum is innovative and comprehensive, and strongly emphasizes all of the following educational domains:

  • The hospice and palliative approach to care
  • Death and coping
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support
  • Bereavement support for the family
  • Pain assessment and management in cancer and non-cancer patients
  • Assessment and management of non-pain symptoms
  • Medical co-morbidities and complications with life-threatening diseases
  • Optimizing quality of life
  • Communication
  • Ethical and legal decision making
  • Quality improvement and research methodology in populations with serious illnesses

In addition to our outstanding clinical training program the Michigan Medicine offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows.”