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Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship

The Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship Program is a one-year ACGME-accredited program with a dedicated pediatric track to educate providers in the holistic care principles of palliative care. The program is based at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, the only comprehensive care children’s’ hospital in Indiana, where fellows work with the Pediatric Palliative Care Team, an interdisciplinary consult-based medical team that includes physicians, advanced-practice nurses, social workers, and chaplaincy.

A Holistic Approach

The spirit of compassion, empathy, patience and presence is very important in palliative care, and the palliative care team embodies these attributes. Fellows are expected to develop longitudinal relationships with patients/families confronted with complex and/or difficult medical information and help integrate with each child’s existing healthcare team(s).

Fellows see patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as assisting in the oversight/management of patients on home-based hospice services. This pediatric specialty team coordinates and collaborates with hospices throughout Indiana, providing a direct link for patients/families that choose to have home-based care in the face of a life-limiting medical condition.

Curriculum

The fellowship curriculum includes clinical-based educational experience in palliative care with structured educational lectures, didactics and opportunities for Quality Improvement/research-based experiences. The program is structured to include a wide range of clinical opportunities in pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children and consultation-based opportunities at IU Health Methodist Hospital and IU Health North Hospital. The fellowship year is structured for exposure to home-based and inpatient hospices as well as international experiences and adult rotations.

 Fellows also have opportunities for Quality Improvement Projects and/or clinical-based research projects.