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About the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program
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Welcome to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship training program website. The Division of Hematology-Oncology and Palliative Care at the VCU School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship trainingprogram in hospice and palliative medicine (HPM). Our fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The HPM fellows will receive comprehensive training through direct patient care in a variety of settings in the VCU Health System (VCUHS) and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. These opportunities include an up-stream inpatient palliative care unit at VCU, a well-established inpatient hospice at the VA, robust inpatient consultation services at both hospitals, and ample ambulatory opportunities in the VCU supportive care clinics. The VCU Medical Center is a large 1,125-bed tertiary referral center with a full complement of outpatient clinics, and the McGuire VA Medical Center is a 399-bed tertiary VA hospital that provides comprehensive outpatient, acute inpatient, and long-term care for veterans. In addition to the opportunities provided at VCU and the VA, HPM fellows will engage in rich community hospice experiences with local hospices.
During their training, fellows are required to participate in scholarly activity and will be provided with mentorship, resources and protected time for these endeavors. Fellows are also directly involved in education of medical students, residents, and fellows.
The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow will:
Fellows rotate across multiple settings: VCU inpatient unit, VCU inpatient consults, VCU supportive care clinic, VCU telemedicine, the VA inpatient unit, VA inpatient consults, QI block, community hospice, and various electives.
Fellows work closely with 3 local hospices for their community hospice experience: Hospice of Virginia, Bon Secours Hospice, and Noah’s Children. Fellows will attend the interdisciplinary conferences and round on home, nursing home, and inpatient hospice patients directly with the hospice nurses and physicians. Special attention is paid to continuity of care, and fellows will be able to provide direct care for those patients whom the fellow is listed as one of the hospice physicians.
|CORE FELLOWSHIP CONFERENCES|
|Orientation Intensives||3-5pm M-F during 1st week of fellowship||5 afternoons for 1 week in July|
|Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI)||Tuesdays 12-1pm||Weekly|
|Pre-Clinic Conference and Journal Club||Wednesdays 12-1pm||Weekly|
|Program Director and Fellow (PDF) Conference||Tuesdays 1-2pm||Quarterly|
|Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care (HOP) Division Grand Rounds||Tuesdays 5-6pm||3 weeks / month starting in August|
|CORE DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE|
|Internal Medicine Grand Rounds||Thursdays 12-1pm||Weekly|
This educational conference is held in the afternoons during the first week of fellowship to prepare fellows for the upcoming year. The series is designed to introduce new fellows to the basic clinical concepts, as well as the urgent issues, that they will encounter in their fellowship.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI)
The interdisciplinary team gathers weekly for this didactic conference in which the fundamentals of palliative medicine are explored and relevant cases presented for in-depth evidence-based discussion.
Pre-Clinic Conference and Journal Club
This weekly conference focuses on outpatient palliative care issues in journal club format as well as interdisciplinary discussion of our Supportive Care Clinic patient panel.
Program Director and Fellow (PDF) Conference
This quarterly conference is designed specifically for the fellows and program director and provides an opportunity for feedback and discussion of topics relating to the HPM fellowship.
Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care (HOP) Division Grand Rounds
The Division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care host grand rounds 3 weeks out of each month as a didactic lecture series presented by visiting faculty, VCU faculty, and the fellows.
Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
Weekly department-wide didactics presented by department faculty and visiting professors.
Each fellow is allowed/financially supported in attending the VCU Regional Palliative Care Symposium as well as the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine annual assembly (with abstract submission).
Each fellow is allowed three weeks of vacation time per year.
Palliative fellows do not take any in-house call. Fellows will take call from home for palliative patients intermittently throughout the course of the year with an attending physician for back-up, supervision and escalation.
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Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD
Egidio G. Del Fabbro, MD
Director, Palliative Care VCU Massey Cancer Center
Gary DeRusso, MD
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Residency: Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
Elizabeth Brawner, MD
Medical School: University of Queensland School of Medicine
Residency: Family Medicine, Chippenham and Johnston –Willis Hospitals Program
Lindsey Hunt, MD
Medical School : Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Family Medicine, McLeod Regional Medical Center Program
Mary Lucchesi Ogedegbe, MD
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Srivani Ravi, MBBS
Medical School: Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences
Residency: Internal Medicine, St. Barnabas Hospital Program
Katy Brennan, MD
Medical School: Emory University
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina
Yeow Hooi Lim, MD
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Nassau University Medical Center Program
Vinay Rao, DO
Medical School: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Connecticut
Stephanie Stephens, DO
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
Lakeshia Entzminer, MD
Medical School: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
Residency: University of South Alabama, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Geriatric Medicine at Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina
Kelly Lastrapes, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: Pediatrics, Louisiana State Unviersity
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology/Oncolgoy, Virginia Commonwealth University
James O'Conner, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University
Emily Rivet, MD
Medical School: Washington University
Residency: General Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Fellowship: Colon and Rectal Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Jason Zeidan, MD
Medical School: St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
Residency: Family Medicine at Wayne State University
Alicia Bond, MD
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ
Residency: Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
Teny Henry Gomez, MBBS
Medical School: Medical College Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Residency: Internal Medicine at John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
Anson Pham, MD
Medical School - St. Christopher Iba M ar Diop College of Medicine, Luton, England
Residency: Internal Medicine at Carilion Clinic, Hopewell, VA
Fellowship: Geriatric Medicine at Carilion Clinic, Hopewell, VA
Cheryl Denick, MD, JD
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Emergency Medicine at Christiana Care Health Services Program, Wilmington, DE
James Fletcher, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Residency: Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA
Aziza Kamani, MD
Medical School: St. Geroge’s University, St. George, Grenada
Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Sherri Rauenzahn, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Residency: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
Applicants for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training Program must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program in one of the following specialties: Internal Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Family Medicine and Neurology. Physicians from other specialties such as Radiology and Pathology may be considered on an individual basis.
The Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship training program at VCU is a participant in the NRMP Match. All applications will be accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and follow ERAS deadlines.
If applicable, please provide the following:
Interviews for the upcoming year will occur August-September 2020.
Attention: In support of our applicants, we will be flexible in providing virtual and on-site fellowship interview opportunities. We understand that applicants may have restrictions on travel during this time. Our interview schedule may change as we approach the late summer and fall. We appreciate your patience and understanding; we will absolutely work to accommodate all applicants as best possible during the COVID pandemic.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Department of Internal Medicine
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0230
Danielle Noreika, MD
Phone: (804) 828-9723
VCU School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Richmond, VA 23298-0509
Phone: (804) 828-9726