Welcome to the
Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship
A Note From Program Leadership
Welcome to the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship website - we are delighted you are interested in learning more about our program!
The Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship is a one-year interprofessional, clinical fellowship where physicians, advanced practice nurses, and pharmacists learn together from world-renowned interprofessional faculty in a supportive learning environment. Our program arises from a collaboration between the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; our fellows benefit from the extensive experience and perspectives of our diverse faculty working in these two large academic hospitals, as well as clinical inpatient experiences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Our chief aim – and our specialty as educators – is to understand our fellows' strengths and learning edges, and to help them grow as much as possible in their fellowship year. Working alongside, teaching, mentoring, and watching our interprofessional fellows grow professionally and form a community is a great joy for us as program leaders. We hope that you will consider applying to join our rich, dedicated, and vibrant fellowship community!
- Kathleen, Andy, Vanessa, Sudha, Bridget
The Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Program is a one-year clinical program that trains future leaders in the comprehensive, interdisciplinary care of seriously ill patients and their families. Fellows train at two major clinical sites: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital (DFCI/BWH). Our program emphasizes:
Rich educational experiences, including rotations in nationally renowned clinical sites and an extensive curriculum taught by experts in the field
Strong interprofessional collaboration not only in clinical settings but in the fellowship program itself, where physicians, advance practice nurses, and pharmacists progress through the fellowship year together
Training in a pedagogical approach to teaching palliative care, led by committed clinician educators
Commitment to self-care through role modeling, primary mentor assignments, quarterly meetings with the fellowship directors, and a yearly day-long retreat
Three types of fellowships are offered:
A physician fellowship that train six or seven fellows per year, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Adult nurse practitioner fellowships that train a total of three fellows per year (two at DFCI/BWH and one at MGH)
A pain management and palliative care pharmacy residency that trains one resident per year, accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).