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 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.

Program Director

Derek L. Thompson, MD, FACP
Residency: Boston University School of Medicine
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Application information

HonorHealth seeks outstanding applicants for a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The fellowships are open to ACGME residency graduates with a subspecialty of anesthesiology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine or radiation oncology. Upon completion, fellows will become eligible for board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

How to apply

HonorHealth’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for two fellowship positions. Positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program's (NRMP) Medical Specialties Matching Program. The HonorHealth Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program uses the J-1 Visa program sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). HonorHealth does not sponsor H1-B visas for graduates of international medical schools. Graduates of Canadian medical schools must also use the J-1 program. Incoming J-1 visa fellows are required to obtain their J-1 visas before their training.


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, Hospice of the Valley and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, providing a truly unique educational experience. Fellows will have the opportunity to select from 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 diverse patient population 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

View a sample hospice and palliative medicine block diagram


  • Derek Thompson, MD
  • Rama Kunkle, DO
  • Gobi Paramanandam, MD
  • Ned Stolzberg, MD
  • Annette Lusko, DO

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Contact us

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the HonorHealth Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, please email us.