LancasterGeneralHealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Description


The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a joint venture between the Lancaster General Department of Family and Community Medicine and Hospice & Community Care. It is designed to train board certified/board eligible physicians in the knowledge and skills necessary to become certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

The fellowship program is a one-year program during which fellows will learn:
  • Management of pain and other non-pain symptoms
  • Communication skills, including facilitation of difficult conversations and decision making
  • Collaboration with interdisciplinary hospice teams and the hospital palliative care team
  • The psychosocial and spiritual impact of illness
Hospice & Community Care, established in 1980, is an independent, community-based organization that provides hospice care to nearly 500 patients and their families each day. Hospice care is provided at home, nursing home, hospital or at the Hospice Inpatient Center by a interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers and volunteers. The organization is a teaching hospice that provides clinical education to approximately 200 medical students, medical residents, nursing students, seminary students and social work students each year. Hospice & Community Care also provides grief and bereavement support to more than 5,000 adults, teens and children each month who cope with serious illness and loss. Palliative Medicine Consultants, the medical practice of Hospice & Community Care, offers palliative medicine consultations at home, nursing home, hospital and the Hospice Inpatient Center to complement and support other treatments that patients may be pursuing.