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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at Indiana University School of Medicine trains physicians to develop expertise in the care of patients with serious illness and become leaders in hospice and palliative care. Fellows participate in a blend of clinical experiences and small group learning throughout the one year fellowship program to ensure that fellows are prepared to practice palliative care in a variety of settings. Throughout your ACGME accredited fellowship year, you will:
  • Have the opportunity to experience providing palliative care in public, VA, and private community hospitals throughout the year. Fellows also have the opportunity to rotate at the beautiful inpatient hospice facilities of Center of Hospice Care in South Bend, IN, a smaller city located 2.5 hours north of Indianapolis, in addition to our longstanding local inpatient hospice partner unit at St. Vincent.


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  • Participate in our comprehensive small-group education sessions. This involves a mixture of weekly didactics, formative simulation sessions, and monthly evening sessions geared toward your personal development as a palliative care physician.
  • Develop a scholarly/quality improvement project with the mentorship of one of IU School of Medicine's expert palliative care research mentors.
  • Benefit from the learning environment of one of the country's largest medical schools, as fellows have the opportunity to participate electively in a rich and diverse series of educational programs.
  • Collaborate with one of the world's most comprehensive global health partnerships through an elective rotation at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya in partnership with AMPATH and IU School of Medicine Global Health.

Letter from the Director

Dear Prospective Candidate for Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, I welcome you to our Indiana University School of Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship website and invite you to apply to our program. All aspects of Hospice and Palliative Medicine have grown considerably over the last 15+ years since our fellowship started in 2005. This means that you will have a well-rounded training experience during your one-year fellowship with a variety of clinical and non-clinical educational experiences.

Fellows care for a diverse population that reflects the diversity of the Indianapolis metro area, which is one of the twenty largest cities in the United States. Fellow graduates from our program have come from a range of primary specialties, including internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics-gynecology and practice in a variety of settings after fellowship.

We seek a diverse range of candidates for our fellowship, and especially encourage those candidates who come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to apply to our program. In our patient population, we often see the short- and long-term impacts of American societal inequities both within our healthcare system as well as our broader communities. Although we all strive for cultural humility and excellence in the care of our patients, we recognize that everyone benefits from having a physician workforce which matches the diversity of our population. This is most true for patients and families who are at one of the most vulnerable times of life when experiencing a serious illness. At the school-wide and department of medicine levels, an array of diversity and inclusion activities are ongoing and I invite you to learn more through perusing our school’s Diversity site.

Although it was clear before the pandemic, COVID has highlighted the need for high-touch, compassionate, and skillful palliative care. We look forward to being part of your career journey!


Lyle Fettig, MD   


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Lyle P. Fettig, MD

Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship

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Apply for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program through ERAS. ERAS Application Requirements: CV, Medical School Transcript, MSPE, USME/COMLEX, Personal Statement, ECFMG Status report - if needed, 3 LOR's - 1 Form Program or Supervising Physician

Please contact our Fellowship Coordinator with any questions.