Customized Training for the Career You Want

Because our fellows come from a variety of specialties, we focus on individualized learning and career planning.

This includes frequent and formative feedback, ongoing faculty and peer mentorship, and dedicated curricular time.

Our dedicated interprofessional educators span four training sites: UW Health, American Family Childrens' Hospital, the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital, and Agrace Hospice.


Didactic Experiences

  • Advanced communication training, including the UW-developed "Best Case/ Worst Case" tool (see video)
  • Well-being and resiliency curriculum that includes narrative writing workshops
  • High-yield conferences: topic conferences, case conferences, and Journal Club
  • A supportive learning environment that emphasizes learning by doing: family meeting simulations, acute case simulations and PalliTALK, our regional fellow communication workshop

Peterson Visiting Professors

John Peterson, a Madison audiologist, admired the interdisciplinary care model that he witnessed when his wife, Carolyn, received hospice care from Agrace. He chose to advance interdisciplinary care by making a generous gift to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship to support physician training.

With this funding, we bring in experts in the field as visiting professors. Previous Peterson visiting professors include:

Clinical Experiences


Scholarly Activity


All of our fellows participate in a faculty-supported QI curriculum and project, and present at the UW Health QI Symposium.

If you are interested in research, there are opportunities to partner with faculty. You can also continue your scholarly work through an optional second-year VA advanced fellowship.


Our learners are also teachers. We developed a unique Fellows as Teachers curriculum to grow our field and train the next generation of HPM educators. See our Teaching page for details.

We also offer an option for a second year focused on medical education and leadership.

Additional Opportunities in the Department