Welcome to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Supporting and guiding patients and their family through compassionate and dedicated care.


The perfect backdrop for a rural Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship

The ideal hospice and palliative medicine specialist uses exceptional communication skills together with outstanding clinical skills and extensive medical knowledge to support and guide each patient and family through the course of serious illness, while ensuring optimal pain and symptom management. What is more, the ideal HPM physician is also a well-rounded, resilient, skilled, and compassionate physician, team member, and teacher, as well as being a visionary leader armed with the knowledge, skills, and vision to help build and improve hospice and palliative programs. Achieving this task takes hard work, compassion, and dedication, but also requires outstanding training and mentoring.

UICOMR, in association with SwedishAmerican A Division of UW Health, is pleased to offer an ACGME accredited subspecialty program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2018-2019 was our first year training a fellow; we welcome applicants for the subsequent calendar years.

Our goals are to:

  • To develop expertise in the fundamentals of HPM via the ACGME domains of patient care, medical knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning and improvement.
  • To develop a knowledge of the challenges of rural HPM delivery.
  • To develop and HPM physician who provides compassionate, patient centered care while maintaining balance in self-care and professional boundaries.
  • To develop leaders in the field of HPM who focus on clinical care, education, clinical research or quality improvement.

Our fellowship consists of a one-year training program which follows completion of an ACGME accredited fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. We adhere to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) policies, and applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Rockford, Illinois Seen From Above By Drone

Location and Settings

Gain a variety of experience in different clinical settings in both the urban area of Rockford and nearby rural practices in Oregon, Illinois, and Monroe, Wisconsin. From a hospital-based inpatient unit at SwedishAmerican Hospital to a pain management clinic, to outpatient services and a stand-alone hospice, our fellow will gain a better understanding of how patients’ needs can be met through a spectrum of care options.

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Clinical rotations, research, teaching and community involvement are all aspects of the fellowship program. While these experiences strengthen the fellow’s understanding of various aspects of hospice and palliative medicine, there’s also plenty of time to enjoy the area with family and friends.

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Salary and Benefits

The health and well-being of our fellows is important to us. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and perks to keep you and your family happy and healthy.

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