Improving quality of life for cancer patients

When you choose a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, you’ll be an integral part of patient care at Roswell Park, easing them through treatment, pain management, and end-of-life decisions. As a free-standing NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our translational medicine model connects fellows with clinicians, researchers and specialists who understand every aspect of cancer care and science.

Fellowship Highlights

  • Working with the VA Palliative Care Consult Service and Inpatient Palliative Care Unit, under the supervision of the fellowship program director as well as with the nurse, social worker and chaplain
  • Working at the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (CHPC) Hospice Buffalo Inpatient Unit, participating in patient rounds, daily care, as well as family and interdisciplinary team meetings
  • Rotations with Roswell Park’s Supportive and Palliative Care Service, performing palliative medicine consults for inpatient cancer patients
  • Hospice home care through CHPC, visiting patients in the home with members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Visits to patients in long-term care settings, working with a geriatrics attending physician and learning about delirium, polypharmacy, falls, incontinence and wound care
  • Working in a clinic setting at the VA and Roswell Park, with exposure to a variety of patients with advanced disease who are treated for pain and non-pain symptoms, psychosocial and spiritual issues
  • Pediatric experience, primarily in outpatient home based setting through Essential Care
  • Elective time in a clinically relevant field, such as radiation oncology, geriatric medicine, interventional pain management
  • A scholarly and quality improvement project, such as an academic research project, presentation of a poster/abstract at a national meeting, or publication of a case report, review article or book chapter
My rotations at Roswell Park during my fellowship were very educational because I learned symptom management and how to address the psychosocial needs of complex patients with advanced cancer, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.  The outpatient palliative clinic model at Roswell Park is stellar.  Now, as an attending, I reflect on how valuable this experience was and use the skills I learned to treat my patients. Rachel Nathan, MD

Accreditation

The fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Roswell Park is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Successful completion can lead to Certification of Added Qualifications in Palliative Medicine as approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Eligibility & How to Apply

  • Four positions are available
  • The fellowship academic year runs from July 1 through June 30
  • Applications are accepted from August through November the year prior to the fellowship start date via ERAS and we participate in the match.

Contact Us

Jaclyn Schneider, MD
Fellowship Program Director
VA WNY Healthcare System

Michelle Walter DO
Associate Program Director
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

For more information about the Hospice & Palliative Care Fellowship at Roswell Park, connect with:

Sandra Gilliam
Training Program Administrator
Phone: 716-961-6955
Email: gilliam3@buffalo.edu