The goal of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is to graduate independent practitioners who can provide compassionate, evidence-based care to patients living with serious illnesses. Through partnerships with our enthusiastic faculty, fellows will have the opportunity to grow in a supportive and academic environment.
The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is accepting applications from physicians who are passionate about the care of patients living with serious illnesses. Throughout the one-year program, fellows will have the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of patients and environments. Our faculty members will partner with fellows to support them in research and other scholarly activities. As part of the successful WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center GME program, fellows will have the opportunity to act as both learners and educators to advance this developing and challenging field.
Fellows will spend 4 months seeing consults at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, a 633-bed level 2 Trauma Center in Marietta, Georgia. The well-established consult service sees a wide variety of patients. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds in oncology and critical care as well as palliative care IDT once a week.
In this program, fellows will spend 3 months in the hospice. Fellows will be based at Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain, an 18-bed inpatient hospice unit. During this time fellows will have a chance to care for patients admitted for both symptom management and end of life care, while obtaining a thorough understanding of hospice regulatory issues. Fellows will be assigned families to follow in the community and will perform home visits with members of the hospice multidisciplinary team.
Long-term care experience will be attained at AG Rhodes Nursing and Rehab, where fellows will spend 1 month. Here, they will perform palliative care consults, provide care to hospice patients, and follow residents receiving rehab and long-term care. This rotation provides fellows the skills and knowledge to care for patients across environments and to counsel families making difficult decisions.
Fellows will spend 1 month performing palliative care consults in the community, acquiring the skills to work in this emerging field.
The rotation with the Pediatric team at Hospice Atlanta will also last 1 month, allowing fellows to understand the differences in caring for children and adults with serious illnesses. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend outpatient appointments with families and attain experience in prescribing for children.
Fellows will have the opportunity to spend 2 months in elective rotations, which will be discussed prior to the start of the year. Available rotations include interventional pain, medical oncology, radiation oncology, ethics, advanced heart failure and research.
Fellows will also spend 1 half day in continuity clinic per week. The WellStar Palliative Medicine clinic is housed within the Comprehensive Care Clinic and sees a wide variety of patients.
WellStar has its own inpatient hospice, home hospice and community palliative care programs, providing great opportunities for continuity of care as our patients needs change.
Given the emotionally demanding nature of our work, we ensure fellows will develop self-care, so they can better care for others. Fellows will receive the necessary skills for a long and rewarding career.
Fellows will attend Pallitalk, a communication skills course specifically designed for palliative care fellows. In addition, fellows will receive small group training, as well as mentorship and feedback from our talented faculty.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine is best delivered as a multidisciplinary team, and we have an amazing team of social workers, chaplains, therapists and nurses who are enthusiastic about working with fellows and sharing their incredible skills.
Our salary and benefits program reflects our concern for the resident who has a life, not just a medical degree. Residents enjoy the same top-tier benefits offered to other WellStar Health System employees, and your health and wellness is a top priority. We’ve got people and programs to help you stay healthy, stay focused and not get overwhelmed.
Singular Concierge Services
Vacation and Incidental Sick Time
Group Long Term Disability (LTD)
Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance
Short Term Disability (STD)
Qualified Pension Plan (defined benefit plan)
Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan (403(b) defined contribution plan)
Eligible Deferred Compensation Plan (457b)
Medical Plan (High Deductible Health Plan Options)
Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Vision, Accident, Critical Illness and Permanent Life Insurance
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a valid U.S. Permanent Resident Card or EAD, or possess a J-1 visa. (Our institution does not sponsor any visas.) In addition, candidates must provide documentation to support this requirement to the GME office if a letter of Agreement is extended. Applicants must also either be a:
We welcome your interest in the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center.
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Ricardo Forest.