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Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care

The core curriculum in hospice and palliative medicine is based on fellowship program certification standards developed by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center has been fully accredited since 2008. The Fellowship offers a robust training experience, with exposure to both inpatient and out pt specialty-level palliative care and hospice, and the opportunity to attain strong skills in pain management. Following completion of the Fellowship, the trainee will be able to acquire the following competencies:

Age-appropriate comprehensive multidimensional assessment including physical, cognitive, functional, social, psychological, and spiritual domains
Management of symptoms, common co-morbidities and complications in patients with life-threatening illness and appropriate referrals for other modalities such as radiation oncologist, interventional pain specialist
Analyze benefit and burden of multiple treatments based on the bio-psychosocial assessment and develop an appropriate multimodality plan of care
Manage challenging problems in pain and symptom control at specialist level
Ability to function as a consultant and appropriately coordinate care across treatment venues, and communicate with other treating professionals effectively
Communicate competently about sensitive issues including breaking bad news, advance care planning, negotiating goals of care
Understand the role, and function of the interdisciplinary team and its component disciplines in the practice of palliative care
Assess and contribute to the management of psychosocial or spiritual distress
Competently care for the imminently dying and their families
Understand ethical and legal aspects of palliative care
Understand the structure, functioning and regulatory aspects of hospice care
Assessment and management of patients with life threatening illness in long-term care
Apply evidence-based medicine techniques, and quality improvement methods to practice management
Teaching skills relevant to the practice of palliative medicine
Board-eligibility for certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Schedule of Rotations

4 months Inpatient consultation team
4 months Inpatient Palliative Care and Hospice Unit
2 months Hospice Home Care
1 month Long-term care experience
1 month Elective experience
Continuity Clinic 1 session/week all year


The Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care has an experienced interdisciplinary faculty. Current members include:

  Specialty / Title / Interest
Serife Eti, MD

Fellowship Family Medicine

Pauline Lesage, MD Family Medicine
Inpatient Unit Director
Attending Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Russell Portenoy, MD DPMPC Chair / Neurologist
Chief Medical Officer, Continuum Hospice Care
Palliative Care / Pain Medicine
Earle Hayes, MD
Critical Care Medicine
Attending, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Katherine Leonard, MD Pediatrics
Attending, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Bernard Lee, MD Internal Medicine
Hospice Medical Director
Myra Glajchen, DSW Associate Program Director
DPMPC Institute Director
Social Work
Terry Altilio, LCSW, ACSW Social Work
Marilyn Bookbinder, PhD, RN DPMPC Director of Nursing
Madeline Gittelman, PsyD Psychologist
Ebtesam Ahmed, PharmD Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, beginning in January prior to the start of the training year. Applications are reviewed by members of the Department’s Education Committee. Owing to the volume of applications, only selected applicants will be granted a face-to-face interview with Department faculty. On site interviews take place in September and October, and fellowship offers are made in November.

Please note: The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care is unable to support or accept foreign applicants carrying H1B visas.

For information on benefits and terms and conditions of employment, please visit Beth Israel Medical Center's Graduate Medical Education website: -- user name: applicant; password: entrance

Contact Person

Completed application packets should be mailed to the address below.

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, please contact:

Myra Glajchen, DSW
Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
Beth Israel Medical Center
1st Avenue at 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 844-1472
Fax: (212) 844-1503


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