University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program! I’m proud of the vibrant and comprehensive program we’ve built in Madison. I promise you an excellent training experience in all settings including inpatient, ambulatory, pediatrics, VA, and hospice. Read more

Program Contact Information

Sara Johnson, MD
Program Director
Assistant Professor (CHS)

Matt Kronberger, MS
Palliative Care Education Coordinator
(608) 265-3167 - office

Mission Statement

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program aims are:

  • To train our fellows in the areas of symptom management, hospice, communication skills, care of the dying, psychosocial support, and advance care planning  
  • To develop skills in humanistic, ethical, empathic, and patient/family-centered care. We expect our fellows to learn both about caring for patients and communication skills important to developing relationships with colleagues and staff.

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a comprehensive, academic-based program that provides many unique training opportunities to fellows in addition to foundational experiences.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Training Opportunities

Fellows in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) program learn robust communication techniques such as the Best Case/Worst Case decision tool described in the video above.

Program Mission and AIMs


Our fellowship mission is to train future leaders in Hospice and Palliative Medicine to advance the field as resilient and expert clinicians for patients at all stages of serious illness, empathic and adept communicators, and effective educators to their colleagues, patients, and communities.

Program Aims

Our fellows will:

  1. Demonstrate skills in advanced symptom management in a variety of settings for patients at all stages of serious illness.
  2. Communicate expertly with patients, families, and interprofessional providers in high-stakes scenarios.
  3. Provide high-quality end-of-life care for patients and their families in both inpatient and outpatient settings, fulfilling the roles of a hospice medical director, primary provider, and consultant.
  4. Assess patient and family needs in multiple domains and work collaboratively with interprofessional team members to provide holistic care.
  5. Represent a variety of specialties and demonstrate excellent humanistic, clinical, and academic skills to serve our patients and their families, UW and our community.
  6. Demonstrate effective and engaging teaching in Hospice and Palliative Medicine to help meet the needs of our institution, our community and beyond.
  7. Develop skills to promote their own, their team members, and their learners’ wellbeing, teamwork, and sense of meaning.

Program History and Accomplishments

The UW HPM Fellowship Program began in 2002 and was established before palliative medicine was an accredited specialty. The program currently accepts 4 new fellows each year. Graduates from the UW HPM program practice around the world in both academic and community-based palliative care and hospice practices. Accomplishments of UW Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows include award-winning quality improvement (QI) projects and leadership of palliative medicine programs by our graduates.

Accreditation and Certification

The Hospice & Palliative Medicine Certification Program is developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and the American Board of Surgery (ABS). The examination is administered to candidates from all Boards at the same time in the same testing centers. The American Board of Internal Medicine is responsible for administering the examination.