The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

Fellowship Program

The Institute for Palliative Medicine (IPM) offers one of the largest, ACGME accredited palliative medicine fellowship training programs in the United States. This training program is designed for physicians who wish to become sub-specialists and pursue a long-term career as a clinician or academician in palliative medicine. The program’s educational objectives are to help each trainee:

  1. Become an expert in palliative medicine
  2. Demonstrate communication and collaboration skills
  3. Exemplify professionalism
  4. Demonstrate clinical scholarship and improvement
  5. Advocate for patients and families

“Dr. Makowski, you have changed the way we practice medicine here.”

The Physician Fellowship Training Program at The Institute for Palliative Medicine is designed to teach both new and mid-career physicians the specialty of palliative medicine. It is also the nation’s largest physician specialty training program in palliative medicine.

Some of the most widely-recognized physicians and researchers in palliative medicine come to teach and to learn from places as far away as Hawaii and Maine, and as near as local medical schools which partner with the Institute. Fellows leave ready to add the special insights of palliative medicine and its whole-patient/family approach to their practice in their own communities.

A former fellow, Dr. Suzana Makowski, is now teaching at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the Division of Palliative Medicine. The quote above is the feedback she received from a third-year resident in her class, describing how her instruction changed the way the medical students practice palliative care medicine.

"I had only the vaguest of hunches that I was applying to an extraordinary institution, an epicenter of the coming and desperately needed renewal of medicine, when I submitted my application for a fellowship position. Now I know. I am therefore more eager than ever to have chance to work and learn at San Diego Hospice, to immerse myself in the waters of the quiet revolution that I surmise is taking place there in hopes of becoming part of it and helping to extend it to other quarters." - Gregg Manoff, MD (Fellowship Applicant)

“Fellows who complete the program gain experience in a variety of settings, whether in a hospice inpatient setting, at a patient’s home, in long-term care or in a consultative capacity at a hospital. This experience prepares the fellow to work in a leadership role in palliative care, education or research.”

Gary T. Buckholz, M.D.
Director, Fellowship Program