There are three distinct advantages to pursuing a career in palliative medicine at the University of Michigan:
Social Impact: America's elderly population is not only growing rapidly, but living longer than ever before. Accompanying the aging population is an increase in the number of people living with multiple serious and chronic conditions. This has created a very high demand for physicians specializing in palliative care. Graduates of our programs will have the opportunity to make an immediate and strong social impact.
Professional Opportunities: Trainees have gone on to careers as educators, researchers, and private practice clinicians. There is just one palliative care provider for every 1,300 people with a serious disease. That compares to one cardiologist for every 71 people who experience a heart attack and one oncologist for every 145 patients with a new cancer diagnosis. The job market for palliative medicine is wide open, with work available anywhere in the country. You'll be looked to as a specialist and leader with unique skills.
Personal Reward: There is real value in the fulfilling personal connections common to a career in palliative medicine. In addition, the hours are more manageable than many other specialties. Ann Arbor also provides a rich, vibrant, intellectual community as a backdrop for your career.