University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Fellowship Curriculum


Curriculum Overview

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on advanced communication training including UW developed Best Case, Worst Case tool as outlined in this video.
  • Wellbeing and Resiliency Curriculum, including narrative writing workshops
  • Dedicated interprofessional educators across four training sites including UW inpatient and outpatient palliative care, American Family Childrens Hospital, VA Hospital, and Agrace Hospice
  • Refined high yield conference curriculum including Topic Conferences, Case Conference and Journal Club
  • Supportive Learning Environment: emphasizes learning by doing including family meeting simulations, acute case simulations and our regional fellow communication workshop PalliTALK
  • Value placed on training fellows from a variety of specialties, therefore we ensure a Focus on Individualized learning and career planning. This includes frequent and formative feedback, ongoing faculty and peer mentorship, and dedicated curricular time.
  • Fellows as Teachers: To continue to grow our field and train the next generation of educators, we have our fellows as teachers curriculum as outlined below.
  • Numerous elective opportunities including global palliative care, radiology, subspecialty clinics such as geriatrics, medical education, and humanities in medicine.
  • Opportunity to continue training with a second year focused on clinical research, medical education or an advanced geriatrics fellowship at the VA.

Fellowship Rotations


Peterson Fund

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. One of the benefits of this funding is the ability to bring in experts in the field as visiting professors. Previous Peterson Visiting Professors include:
Steve Pantilat, MD
Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care
University of California San Francisco
Author, Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers
Bob Arnold, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics
Director, Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication
Medical Director, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Palliative and Supportive Institute
Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH
Chief of Palliative Care
Massachusetts General Hospital
Doug White, MD, MAS
UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Critical Care Medicine
Director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Helen Riess, MD
Director, Empathy and Relational Science Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Marie Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Nursing
Will Schwalbe
Author, End of Your Life Book Club (New York Times Bestseller)