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“Welcome to the Emory Palliative Care Center – we are here to help you learn more about our program and the excellent educational opportunities available to you.”  

Tammie E. Quest, MD, Director, Emory Palliative Care Center  

The Emory Palliative Care Center is dedicated to training leaders in academic Palliative Medicine. Our one-year fellowship program offers a diverse clinical experience through rotations at Emory University hospitals.  Extensive educational training is available to medical students and residents, in addition to fellows and faculty, through the Center’s comprehensive program.  

Our goal is to train physicians in the care of patients with life-threatening illness and serious chronic conditions.  This is accomplished through an extensive medical, psychosocial and communication curriculum taught by experienced and committed educators.  In addition to these regular educational offerings, fellows acquire skills in the comprehensive care of a diverse patient population seen in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and home settings.  

Our one-year, clinical fellowship program is accredited in Palliative Medicine by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  We prepare physicians to become skilled clinician-educators and researchers in preparation for a career in academic palliative medicine or community practice.  

Fellows work as part of interdisciplinary teams in a hospital consultation service, hospital inpatient unit and palliative care outpatient clinic, and inpatient and home hospice with additional elective opportunities to gain a solid foundation in palliative medicine practice.  Our team members include physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, volunteers and mental health providers.  Palliative Medicine is practiced in hospital consultation services, hospices, nursing homes and outpatient clinics.  

Candidates with an interest in academic medicine will be provided additional training and mentoring in medical education and have special training opportunities with respect to VA geriatric special fellowship where a second year academic focus may be gained.  

Applicants who have successfully completed training in any of the following boards will be equally considered for our program: Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.