Education

“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  

At the Emory Palliative Care Center, we are dedicated to training leaders in academic Palliative Medicine. Our one-year fellowship program offers a diverse clinical experience through rotations at a variety of Emory University and partnered hospitals. Our comprehensive program offers extensive medical training to aspiring medical professionals of all levels, from medical students and residents to fellows and faculty.  

Our goal is to train physicians to care for patients with life-threatening illness and serious chronic conditions, through the extensive medical, psychosocial and communication curriculum taught by our experienced and committed educators.  Our fellows acquire skills in the comprehensive care of a diverse patient population seen in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and home settings beyond what regular educational resources offer.

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.