University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Fellowship Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Program Highlights

  • 10 bed dedicated acute Palliative Care unit at University Hospital
  • 4 bed long-term care hospice unit at the VA Hospital
  • 32 bed acute hospice unit at Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care
  • 2 unique outpatient palliative care clinics - VA and UW
  • Vibrant consult services at the VA, UW, and the UW Health American Family Children's Hospital
  • Hospice home visits with an agency that has an average daily census of approximately 600 patients.
  • Numerous elective opportunities including advanced pain management, integrative medicine, natropathic medicine, pain and policy studies, oncology.
  • Fellowship enrichment is supported by Agrace Hospicecare and a $1.3M John Peterson Endowment.

Fellowship Rotations

  • 3 months UW Palliative Medicine Inpatient Unit
  • 2 months UW Palliative Care Consult Team
  • 2 months VA Palliative Care Consult Team
  • 1 month Inpatient Acute Hospice Care Unit
  • 2 months Outpatient hospice home visits
  • 1 month Pediatrics and Clinics rotation in which the fellow rotates through a variety of end-organ disease clinics (e.g. COPD, liver transplant, CHF, ALS)
  • 1 month Elective
Continuity Experiences: 
  • 6 months half-day per week VA outpatient Palliative Care clinic
  • 6 months half-day per week UW outpatient Onco-Palliative care clinic
All fellows participate in quality improvement mini-course and subsequently design and implement a quality improvement project. 
Fellows also have the opportunity to attend a mini-course in clinical research early in the year if they choose, and will attend an annual 1-day intensive communication conference together with fellows from around the region.
  • Acute Pain Service
  • Chronic Pain Service
  • Pain Procedures with Dr Nalini Seghal, MD, a Physiatrist within the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Pain and Policy Studies Group
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Weekly didactic (lecture)
  • Every other week case conference
  • Monthly journal club
Also, a monthly reflection conference is provided to give time for fellows to process and explore their experiences.

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.
Past Peterson Visiting Professors:
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)
Upcoming Peterson Visiting Professors:
Steven 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