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Medical Residents Clinical Rotation Program

Hospice and Palliative Medicine focuses on caring for patients with advanced, serious, or life-threatening illnesses. These patients may have a high symptom burden, face complex treatment decisions or be near the end of their life.  

Physicians must be able to provide compassionate and individualized care to patients and their families from a team approach. General internists, family medicine physicians and subspecialists will care for these patients throughout their career.  

The clinical rotation for medical residents will introduce residents to the interdisciplinary care for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases and provide them with a core base of knowledge and specialized clinical skills to increase their competence in delivering whole patient-centered care. 

The emphasis of this rotation is experiential learning through supervised management of palliative care and end of life patients.   

How to Apply: Boccolini Institute Clinical Rotation Application 

Questions: [email protected]  

Students Will Learn the Following: 

Routine Home Hospice: Practice being an attending physician supervising an interdisciplinary team who cares for patients receiving the routine level of hospice care in their home, assisted living facility, or nursing homes. You will manage medications, treatment options, eligibility during Interdisciplinary team meetings comprised of an average census of 30 patients. The role of the attending physician within the IDT is to ensure each patient’s plan of care includes alleviation of pain and symptoms, attends to emotional and spiritual needs, and honors the patients’ goals and wishes.  

General Inpatient Level of Care: Working side by side with the inpatient attending provider you will evaluate and develop a plan for new admissions, provide daily management to patients at the end of life and provide compassionate bedside care. The resident will participate in regular interdisciplinary team meetings. 

Palliative Consultation: Working side by side with the palliative provider you will complete initial consultations, ongoing follow up, and management of patients in the acute care setting. Common indications for consultation include goals of care discussions, pain and symptom management and psychosocial support to patients with serious illness.   

Outpatient Palliative Medicine: Working side by side with the outpatient palliative provider you will provide ongoing symptom management and engage in goals of care conversations for patients with chronic and serious medical conditions.  Particular emphasis will be placed on malignant-related pain and symptom management.