About Aurora Hospice and Palliative Medicine Faculty
The goal of the 12-month Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at Aurora Health Care is to ensure our trainees are equipped to competently and consistently:
- Provide comprehensive assessment and management of patients' suffering and quality of life; including, physical, functional, social, psychological, spiritual, and cognitive domains.
- Care for chronically ill patients across the life cycle with a variety of medical, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Adhere to the highest level of medical ethics while dealing with stressful situations and grieving families.
- Develop expertise in pain and symptom management of patients with serious, potentially life-threatening medical illnesses.
- Embrace a culture of patient- and family-centered care.
- Facilitate discharge planning for patients with complex needs and assist families with decision making regarding long term care.
- Lead and facilitate discussions with patients and their families regarding goals of care, advanced care planning, and withdrawal of life sustaining therapy.
- Provide counseling to families and caregivers throughout the dying process and during bereavement.
- Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team, including but not limited to: physicians in other sub-specialties, APNPs and RNs, psychosocial clinicians, chaplains and spiritual care personnel, physical therapists, art and music therapists, medical students and residents.
The hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) fellows in our program will see a high volume and variety of patients, ensuring a diverse and comprehensive clinical experience. In addition to ample impatient exposure at two of our metro campuses, our HPM fellows will complete services alongside specialists in home hospice, inpatient hospice, long term care, and inpatient or ambulatory pediatric palliative care. Our fellows are also allotted one month for research / scholarly activity and one month to pursue a service of interest. Aside from when on their elective and pediatric service, our fellows come together every Wednesday afternoon for continuity clinic.