The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

Palliative Care Psychiatry Fellowship

The Institute for Palliative Medicine (IPM) is proud to offer the first palliative care psychiatry fellowship training program in the United States. This training program is designed for psychiatrists who wish to become sub-specialists and pursue a long-term career as a clinician or academician in palliative care psychiatry. The program’s educational objectives are to help each trainee:

  1. Become an expert in palliative care psychiatry
  2. Obtain intermediate knowledge of palliative medicine
  3. Demonstrate communication and collaboration skills
  4. Exemplify professionalism
  5. Demonstrate clinical scholarship and improvement
  6. Advocate for patients and families

Fellows will gain experience in a variety of settings, including hospice inpatient/acute care centers, patients’ homes, long-term care, or as a consultant at an acute care hospital. These experiences will prepare fellows to become leader in palliative care psychiatry, education, advocacy and/ or research.

Some of the most widely-recognized physicians and researchers in palliative medicine from places as far away as Maine and as near as local medical schools come to teach and learn.

Fellows are expected become leaders and leave ready to infuse the special insights of palliative care psychiatry, palliative medicine, and whole-patient/family approaches into their own communities and/or institutions.

Meet our Fellows: Click Here

For more information please contact:
Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, Director, Psychiatry Programs+1 (619) 278-6246 or email