University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. We will help you develop expertise in the fundamentals of Hospice and Palliative Medicine as well as provide individualized and unique learning opportunities to give you the tools you need to have a role in shaping our young field. Our fellows graduate with expertise in communication, the ability to provide excellent medical management for patients and their families, and an armamentarium for life-long self-care practices. But we routinely take it a step further: what do each of you hope to do? How can we help you get there? Thanks to the generosity of John Peterson & his family, we are fortunate to offer unique learning opportunities: visits from leaders in the field, narrative medicine writing workshops, opportunities for international electives, and options for further training for fellows interested in academic HPM. We aim to train fellows from a breadth of backgrounds, including different subspecialties; those who are interested in making a mark on our specialty whether in clinical medicine, international medicine, research, program leadership, or medical education. In addition, our curriculum is fashioned to sustain our trainees. We show you the emotional power of our work as well as need for levity, even in, or perhaps especially in, the most difficult of situations. We are pleased you are considering our program, which aims to provide foundational and personalized training for our fellowship graduates to make their marks in Hospice and Palliative Medicine as clinicians, educators, leaders, and human beings.

Sara K. Johnson, MD

Program Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Medicine