family medicine residency program

Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship

The Firelands Regional Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is designed for candidates who have long term career goals in end-of-life care or a desire to pursue end-of-life care as an adjunct to their career in primary care. This program is open to anyone who has completed an AOA-approved residency in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology or psychiatry and is designed around a competency based curriculum with these seven major areas:

  • Develop expertise in palliative medicine
  • Teach and model communication and collaboration skills
  • Develop clinical scholarship
  • Accrue palliative medicine skills in pain and symptom control
  • Exemplify professionalism and compassion
  • Model advocacy for patients and families
  • Develop skills in systems-based palliative care practice

The program is a one-year fellowship leading to board eligibility in hospice and palliative medicine. The fellowship is sponsored and supported by Firelands Regional Medical Center and Stein Hospice Service, Inc. Fellows will receive broad, practical experience in hospice and palliative medicine through inpatient and outpatient rotations supervised by certified hospice and palliative medicine experts.

Firelands Regional Medical Center Hospice fellows are actively involved in the care and management of a significant number of patients throughout the year. Hospice and palliative care services are provided through the Stein Inpatient Unit, Firelands Regional Medical Center, Fisher-Titus Medical Center and outpatient community settings.

Fellows work with members of the interdisciplinary team. They are responsible for consultation services that guide the direction of palliative care and participate in the interdisciplinary care of patients and families. In addition, fellows work in conjunction with staff attending and physicians in training in providing continuity of care for these patients.

Weekly patient management conferences and seminars are held to provide background about patient management. Fellows will be able to discuss psychosocial and spiritual issues with the interdisciplinary team both informally and at scheduled conferences. The service is interdisciplinary in philosophy and in staff. The fellow will learn about complementary and traditional healing methods through team members from disciplines such as recreational therapy, nutritional therapy, social services, massage therapy, movement therapy, relaxation therapy, guided imagery, spiritual therapy and healing touch therapy.

View a copy of the curriculum.


PGY-4: $57,315

Additional Benefits

  • Health insurance plan including prescription drug, dental and vision coverage for house staff and family


    "The hospice and palliative care fellowship at Firelands Regional Medical Center in conjunction with Stein Hospice has been a wonderful and enjoyable opportunity for me. In addition to the medical knowledge I have gained during my fellowship, I have learned a great deal more about effective communication with patients and their families and working among an interdisciplinary team to improve overall patient care. This fellowship has allowed me to care for patients in various settings within the scope of hospice and palliative medicine including an 18-bed inpatient hospice unit, home hospice, nursing facilities, and both inpatient and outpatient palliative care. I am very thankful for this fellowship and the amazing group of people I have had the pleasure to learn from and work with over the last year."

    Melissa McLean Bullock, D.O.
    Class of 2014, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Liability insurance
  • Sign-on bonus
  • Educational stipend
  • Exercise allowance
  • Moving allowance
  • AOA membership fee
  • Ohio training certificate fee
  • Two lab coats
  • Meals while on duty
  • Physician Services

After you complete your medical training, Firelands offers you a wide variety of services to help you successfully start your career. These include:

  • Health insurance plan including prescription drug, dental and vision coverage for house staff and family
  • Recruitment and placement assistance
  • Marketing support services
  • Physician referral services
  • Practice development and management resource assistance
  • Community integration assistance for physician and family

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