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Current Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

HPM Fellows

Anoush Jidarian, MD

PGY 10

Dr. Jidarian graduated from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in May 2001 and completed her General Surgery residency in June 2007 at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, her Cardiothoracic Surgery residency in June 2009 at Rutgers New Jersey Medical Schol, and her Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July 2010.

Why did you choose Indiana University School of Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program?

"I have lived in the area for many years and it has an excellent reputation locally."

What interests you in Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

"The ability to work with the family as a unit and support them through a very difficult and confusing period of their lives. Also, the flexibility to work in both inpatient and outpatient settings."

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Parth K. Patel, DO

PGY 4

Dr. Patel graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2017. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine in 2020 at Henry Ford Wyandotte and Brownstown.

Why did you choose Indiana University School of Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program?

"I chose Indiana University's Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program because of their stellar reputation. The fellowship program is spread out over a variety of diverse sites that will ultimately make sure I come out of the program well rounded and ready to tackle this complex field."

What interests you in Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

"The thing that drew me to Hospice and Palliative Medicine was the entire field focuses on improving the quality of life for patients and their families. I am interested in providing compassionate care and evidence-based medicine to patients going through a very challenging time in their lives."

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Michele Peggs-Mineart, MD

PGY 4

Dr. Peggs-Mineart graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in May 2010 and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine in June 2013.

Why did you choose Indiana University School of Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program?

"As a former resident at IU School of Medicine, I know the University's commitment to learning and care. I was excited to have the opportunity to learn in this familiar environment where I still know several staff. I look forward to getting to know the hospitals that I'm not as familiar with, particularly Eskenazi. I was trained at Wishard during my residency and I'm thrilled to go to the new hospital!"

What interests you in Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

"Chronic illness and the dying process do not get a lot of attention and support. I felt this through my own experience with my mother's cancer, and I'd like to honor her memory by providing this necessary care. I look forward to having the time to talk to people, families and patients, about not only their illness but about their goals and fears. In the Emergency Department, I don't have the time to really sit and talk to families because they come to me in a time of crisis. I look forward to having this delicate time."

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  • Testimonials from former Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

    “…the year I spent in this program was the most enlightening (and most fun) year of my career to date. I chose this program due to its outstanding faculty and its culture of compassionate, patient-centered care, and it was everything I’d hoped for and more. There are so many opportunities to form meaningful connections with patients and families, and the faculty and staff are wonderfully warm and supportive. I learned a lot medically/academically, but even more importantly, this fellowship helped me to grow personally/emotionally/spiritually and prepared me well for the next phase of my career as a full-time palliative medicine specialist.”

    “Eskenazi is a wonderful home base for the fellowship, exhibiting a culture of service to the community that is truly inspiring.”

    “Everything I learned during the inpatient hospice experience at CHC turned out to be tremendously useful in my current job, as I have a much better understanding of how inpatient hospice works.”

    “PalliTalk conference in Madison was exceptional, primarily for its stated purpose to further develop communication skills, though also for networking with peers in the palliative care world and building camaraderie with my co-fellows.”

    “The reputations of the fellowship faculty as great clinicians, as well as educators and mentors, attracted me to the program. The HPM fellowship offered a wide variety of experiences in the all-to-brief year of fellowship training. I knew the core inpatient palliative care rotations would allow me to develop the skillset necessary to function as an inpatient palliative care physician, though I also appreciated the amount of elective time available to pursue my own interests and experiences that I otherwise may never have had.”

    “The inpatient palliative care rotations gave me confidence in my ability to transition fairly easily into an inpatient palliative care position. I did leave Indiana to practice in a different state, though found no significant barriers in obtaining a position elsewhere.”

    “The international elective in Eldoret, Kenya gave me an opportunity to join an inpatient palliative care team at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, the site of a sustained, decades-long partnership that has become a model for global health work. While facilities and resources may vary from the US, I found my role on the team to be similar to that of the inpatient palliative care rotations. My time was predominantly spent having goals of care conversations with patients (often via interpreter) as well as symptom management. The team and patients there are familiar with having international visitors, so I did not feel to be a significant distraction, but rather an extra provider who could help the team accomplish the day's work. During my time, there was a nurse who had recently joined the palliative care team. I often would work with her and she would help with interpreting while I was able to provide education on palliative care topics (medications, communication strategies, prognostication).”

    “This program also offers excellent work - life balance with focus on physician wellness.”