"It has been a privilege to train in the University of Pittsburgh Palliative Medicine fellowship. Our training experience includes a solid foundation in hospice, inpatient, and outpatient palliative care. Additionally we are taught communication skills to become effective educators, clinicians, and upcoming leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care."
Former Palliative Care Fellow
The University of Pittsburgh's Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine offers two options:
The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship provides fellows a rigorous and clinically intense training experience that will prepare them for a successful palliative medicine career in the ambulatory, hospice, or hospital setting. We focus on symptom assessment and management, as well as communication skills with patients, families, and other health care providers. The one-year fellowship program has been fully accredited through the ACGME. Depending on level of interest and commitment, fellows in the one-year program may also work toward obtaining a certificate in medical education through the University of Pittsburgh.
For fellows who want to pursue further training for a career in academic palliative medicine—either as a clinical investigator or educator—we offer an elective second year. The two-year program combines the palliative care program's own research and educational resources with the opportunities offered by the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) degree programs in clinical research and medical education at the University of Pittsburgh. These programs provide fellows with didactic training in a broad spectrum of research and educational methodologies, technologies, and tools; exposure to multidisciplinary research and educational teams; hands-on mentored experience in conducting patient-oriented research; and the conceptual and writing skills necessary to submit competitive grant applications for successful, long-term patient-oriented research or education careers. By the end of the second year, fellows will obtain a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in clinical research or medical education, with a special focus on palliative care.
The fellows' clinical experiences span a diverse array of settings, including our quaternary care transplant program, the region's largest cancer and hospice program (Family Hospice and Palliative Care), and our children’s and community hospitals. The clinical focus of the fellowship is on acquiring skills in providing comprehensive care to patients with life-limiting illnesses in acute care, ambulatory care, home care, and long-term care settings. Fellows will spend substantial time in each of these settings and will follow patients longitudinally as they move between different settings. The role of the physician as a member of an interdisciplinary care team will be emphasized in all clinical settings and encounters. The individual aspects of the clinical program are:
There are five required courses that have been designed specifically for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. These courses provide a fundamental knowledge base for the clinical practice of palliative care and focus on research skills relevant to studies concerning palliative care.
Fellows in the two-year program can choose additional elective courses, based on their individual interests and planned research program. Electives that suit the individual fellow's goals can be selected from courses offered by the ICRE, as well as from other locations, including the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Social Work, and the School of Nursing.
Depending on their level of interest, fellows also have the opportunity to work on smaller projects, such as "Fast Facts," article reviews, or presentations at local or national meetings.
The fellowship program is housed in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, and we have active research programs with millions of dollars in grant support, as well as active relationships with educators and researchers in oncology, ethics, anesthesia, and geriatrics.
Dillon Stein, DO, is a first year fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Stein received a BA from Alfred University in 2007, and a DO from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011, and was the recipient of the T.O.U.C.H. Award in 2009. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine with Western Allegheny Health System in 2015, in which he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Stein’s volunteer experience includes working with community outreach programs for children, as well as regularly visiting with nursing home residents during on a routine basis during his time in medical school.
Amanda Brown, MD, is a first year fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Brown received a BS from Vanderbilt University in 2003, and received her MD in 2007 from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. She completed her Residency in Pediatrics with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Brown was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 2010 in the Diagnostic Referral Service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, before moving into the Vascular Anomalies Clinic at Children’s Hospital in 2012.
Caitlin Siropaides, DO, is a first year fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Siropaides holds a BS in Biochemistry, awarded to her in 2007 from Allegheny College, and she received her DO in 2012 from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed Residency in Internal Medicine in 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Siropaides served as the Executive Director of Alleghany College Chapter of Up ‘til Dawn for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Her previous volunteer experience includes missionary work in Jamaica assisting residents of a small town with building shelters and distributing food supplies.
Christine Glaser, MD, is a first year fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Glaser obtained a BA in 2008 from Hope College, and her MD in 2012 from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed a one year preliminary medicine residency in 2013 with the University of Nevada Reno, before becoming an Internal Medicine Resident with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Glaser’s volunteer experience includes spending a month working in a free clinic in Palacios, Bolivia during her fourth year of medical school, as well as a missionary trip to Guatemala, traveling to indigenous communities conducting eye screenings.
Post-residency physician fellows must meet the following criteria:
Fellowship applicants submit applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Of note, the specialty of palliative care participates in the match process. Applications will be accepted through ERAS starting on July 15, 2015, for fellowship starting July 2016. Please contact us directly if you have any questions about the application process.
All completed applications will include:
For more information, contact:
Rene Claxton, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship
Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213