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A Message from Jay Patel, MD, Program Director

Dear Prospective Fellows,
First of all, I would like to congratulate you on taking this first step in the direction of learning about and practicing this noble and rapidly evolving field of medicine. We believe this is a lifelong journey of dedication, achieving excellence and nurturing the practice of modern medicine. We, the Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Fellowship program at the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, are experienced, committed and passionate to train the next generation of hospice and palliative care professionals.

The goal of this fellowship program is to train well rounded professionals in the field of hospice and palliative medicine. The program is dedicated to providing resources, educational experiences, and a clinical platform, along with supervision from a broad spectrum of experienced faculty, for fellows to grow throughout their training period. The robust structure of the program is aimed at training the next generation of leaders in palliative medicine and hospice care in various aspects, including clinical care, academic and administration.

Program highlights:

  • Our program is proud to have an excellent interdisciplinary team model in both clinical practice and fellowship training. Our team is composed of vastly experienced fellowship trained physicians, nurse practitioners, dedicated chaplain, nurse coordinators, hospice social worker and so on.
  • Since this field is unique and requires a holistic approach, we feel that fellows should also get their training at respective specialty locations. Multiple training sites include free-standing inpatient hospice units, rotation at a state of art pediatric hospital, home hospice services and other electives including interventional pain.
  • Hospice experience and training is an essential part of any HPM fellowship. Having one of the largest hospice (Hospice of the Valley) providers in the country as a community partner and partner in this fellowship program is a huge advantage. Our fellows enjoy training experiences from experienced hospice physicians, a significant variety of patient populations and sizeable volume of hospice patients in different settings, including home and inpatient.
  • The primary training site, St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center, is a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research with more than 600 beds and 100 plus ICU beds. Some of the highlights of the institute are nationally recognized specialty services such as Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI), The Norton Thoracic Institute, University of Arizona’s state of the art Cancer Center (UACC), and a Level I Trauma Center.
  • The Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance has more than 300 residents and fellows in its residency and fellowship programs and the Creighton University School of Medicine – Phoenix Campus has approximately 100 medical students at St. Joseph’s being trained every year. Also, at SJHMC, we have nurse and nurse practitioner students from several institutes here in the valley. This guarantees an excellent opportunity for education and various academic activities during fellowship training.
  •  The GME committee here is committed to making sure that all residents and fellows are well supported, educated and trained for issues such as burnout, resilience, personal well being and work-life balance. As a part of the GME’s wellness program initiative, we have a dedicated Wellness Advocate within our team to support our fellows in the program.
  • Our program offers a wide variety of electives for the fellows to choose from. The list may be too long to mention here but to name a few – LVAD, transplant, and interventional pain as well as the basic medicine subspecialties.

Our faculty and leadership here at the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program at the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance feels proud and privileged to train our fellows in such a robust and well supported program. I look forward hearing from you. 


Dr. Jay Patel