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Social Work Fellowship in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

We offer a one year postgraduate Social Work Fellowship in palliative and end-of-life care through the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care (DPMPC) at Beth Israel Medical Center. The training program provides experience in multidimensional assessment and intervention with patients and families, in multiple practice sites (an inpatient pain, palliative care and hospice unit, inpatient consultation service and an ambulatory practice) along the continuum of serious illness. Supervision is provided by a specialist in palliative social work.

Fellows participate in interdisciplinary rounds, case discussions, journal clubs, didactic conferences and departmental meetings with the focus on multidimensional approaches to symptom management, palliative and end-of-life care. Learning is complemented by access to interdisciplinary experts and resources such as the departmental multimedia Resource Center which houses a broad range of educational materials.

Designed to develop clinicians, leaders, and mentors, the social work fellowship was established with a grant from the Open Society Institute Project on Death in America (PDIA) through their Social Work Leadership Award and receives ongoing generous support through the Barbara Zirinsky Fund. The program is offered on a full-time basis for one year and includes stipend and benefits. Applications are currently being accepted and are available at this link: Social Work Fellowship Application.

Deadline for completed applications is March 21, 2014 with fellowship year to begin July 1, 2014.


Terry Altilio, LCSW
Social Work Coordinator
PDIA Social Work Leadership Awardee
Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care
Beth Israel Medical Center
First Avenue at 16th Street
New York, New York 10003
Tel: (212) 844-1467
Fax: (212) 844-1503

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