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Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Our Philosophy

Throughout this program, our fellows acquire progressively increasing competency in knowledge, professional attitudes and skills in the hospice and palliative medicine discipline. Completion of the training program is based on the achievement of program-specific competencies and performance parameters, including specific cognitive, clinical, technical skills and professional and ethical conduct, as measured in periodical evaluations.

Mission Statement

The Creighton University Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is a one-year program designed to train physicians to perform thorough clinical and diagnostic assessments, provide high-quality, evidence-based, compassionate patient care, and demonstrate life-long learning in this evolving subspecialty field.

The goal of this fellowship program is to train both clinical and academic professionals in the field of hospice and palliative medicine. The program is dedicated to providing resources, educational experience, and a clinical platform, along with supervision from a broad spectrum of experienced faculty, for fellows to grow throughout their training period. This growth will be assessed by evaluating fellows’ clinical judgment and skills, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication skills, leadership, teamwork, and scholarly activity.


  1. To train the next generation of leaders in various aspects of palliative medicine and hospice care, including clinical care, academic and administration.
  2. To train physicians to deliver compassionate, holistic care to patients and families suffering from serious illness within the setting of an interdisciplinary team.
  3. To train and guide physicians for effective clinical communication with patients, families, and other health-care providers.
  4. To prepare physicians to help coordinate transitions across the continuum of care.
  5. To train trainees to advocate for access to hospice and palliative care within our health systems and communities.