Social Work Post Graduate Fellowship Program in Palliative Care

Call for Application! 

Deadline is October 15, 2022

Welcome to the Michigan Medicine Social Work Post Graduate Fellowship Program in Palliative Care. Our program provides a two-year post masters graduate training with extensive clinical experience, supervision and educational opportunities in clinical social work while working towards full Social Work licensing.

Philosophy of Training

The Clinical Social Work Post Graduate Training Program is a program through which trainees attain strong clinical skills in Social Work Palliative Care and Hospice Certification. Upon successful completion of a two year Post Graduate Fellowship training, the required hours of clinical care and supervision will be fulfilled toward obtaining full Social Work licensure in Michigan. We are committed to providing cutting-edge clinical training, challenging work, and dynamic experiences. Fellows have opportunities to work closely with faculty, staff, and trainees from a variety of disciplines in order to best facilitate both personal growth and professional development.


Our postgraduate training program aims to prepare each Fellow to become well prepared to seek employment as a palliative care/hospice clinical social worker.

Program Design

Fellowship Term: Our postgraduate training program is designed as a two-year program.  Appointments are made initially for one year, with a second year re-appointment, following evaluation at the completion of the first year, and being at the discretion of the Department, Section, and Fellow of interest. Appointments extend from January 1st to December 31.

Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours/week

Expectations of Fellows:

  • Develop a personal program of self-directed study and professional growth with guidance from the teaching staff
  • Teach and supervise other Fellows, interns, and students as assigned or required
  • Adhere to the established practices, procedures, and policies of the institution as well as published ethical and service standards of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Participate as integral part of the multidisciplinary inpatient adult palliative consult team at Michigan Medicine
  • Conduct psychosocial assessments and provide evidence based interventions in close collaboration with treatment teams on the inpatient palliative care consult service
  • Assist with social work services for our palliative care inpatient unit (currently 2 beds) at Michigan Medicine, including transition of care planning and discharge care planning.
  • Obtain State Limited LMSW license within 30 days of hire, and adhere to state licensing laws and regulations
  • Participate in additional training seminars and individualized educational experiences and research

Components of Core Curriculum:

  • Palliative Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Assessment & Intervention
  • DEI considerations in Palliative Care
  • Social Work Role in addressing Pain and Symptom Management
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Grief and Bereavement


The postgraduate Fellow will participate in formal didactics or seminar series in diverse and varied areas of specialization, and with other palliative care medicine and nurse practitioner fellowship trainees. This will be determined by the fellow and their clinical supervisor. Some possibilities include the following:

  • Palliative Care in various disease diagnostic
  • Pain Management in Palliative Care
  • Management of Non Pain Symptoms
  • Pain Assessment
  • Ethics of End of Life Care
  • Decision Making Capacity
  • Biopsychosocial Assessment (BPSS) in Palliative Care
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles in Palliative Care
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Various Mental Health modules, including/not limited to Depression, Suicide Risk, Anxiety, Mindfulness Practice, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of a Master of Social Work degree from an CSWE-accredited institution
  • An in person interview (or via video platform) during the application process
  • Prior Health Care and Hospital Social Work experience (internship experience is applicable)
  • US Citizenship required
  • Michigan Social Work license eligible, min LLMSW


  • $40,000 stipend for the first year and $44,000 stipend for the second year
  • Medical benefits
  • Three weeks of (paid) vacation per year

How to Apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest and your resume to: 

Nina Abney
Social Work Manager, Michigan Medicine Social Work
Associate Director of Social Work and Community Programs, Geriatrics Center

Application Deadline: October 15, 2022


Email or call (734) 936-4177