Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
The HonorHealth Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program is designed to train physicians to provide the best possible care for patients with life-limiting illness and their families. We partner with Hospice of the Valley, a large, not-for-profit agency based in Phoenix, Arizona. This one-year program focuses on providing high-quality palliative and hospice care to our community while giving fellows access to academic resources, research opportunities and quality initiatives both within HonorHealth and through Hospice of the Valley’s Palliative Care Consortium.
The goal of the program is to provide a clinically and academically rigorous educational environment for fellows to obtain the skill set required to become outstanding clinicians in a community practice setting. The community focus of our program is in keeping with HonorHealth’s vision to be the partner of choice as we transform healthcare for our communities.
Derek L. Thompson, MD, Program Director
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Specialty: Hospice and Palliative Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Training and curriculum
The program is organized to provide a structured and well-rounded experience of the different aspects of hospice and palliative medicine. The curriculum’s educational goals are organized around the ACGME’s core competencies.
Training for the fellowship consists of 12 months of clinical training comprised of a wide variety of in- and out-patient rotations across the HonorHealth network and in partnership with other educational sites such as Community Bridges and Hospice of the Valley, providing a truly unique educational experience. Fellows will have the opportunity to select from three different electives for further training in areas of interest.
Working in a variety of settings throughout the HonorHealth network, fellows will have the opportunity to care for a patient population that is racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse with a wide range of advanced illness. Each hospital has a unique patient population and focus, including cancer care; invasive cardiac procedures, including open heart surgery and ECMO; Level I Trauma; stroke care; and neurosurgery.
Primary Clinical Site: HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center
Participating Sites: HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Center for Pain Supportive Care, and Community Bridges Central City Addiction and Recovery Center