Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Why ChristianaCare?

  • 24th for admissions in the U.S.*
  • 32nd for births in the U.S.*
  • 15th for emergency visits in the U.S.*
  • 33rd for total surgeries in the U.S.*
*Ranking by volume. Source: American Hospital Association Annual Survey Database of 6,200 U.S. Hospitals, 2016, © Health Forum, LLC.

The Supportive and Palliative Care team at ChristianaCare, in affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, is dedicated to training physicians to be experts in the prevention and management of suffering amongst patients (and their caregivers) who are facing serious illness. Our focus is on providing care to our community and partnering with our patients to deliver goal-concordant care through listening and taking the time to learn what is most important to them.



In this 1-year ACGME-accredited fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to see patients across a variety of settings, both inpatient and outpatient, including ChristianaCare’s main campus at Newark, ChristianaCare at Wilmington, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Accent Care Hospice in Newark and Delaware Home Hospice. Through these diverse clinical training experiences fellows develop expertise in the care of seriously ill patients and their caregivers, while receiving close supervision and mentorship.



Clinical training is enhanced by dedicated educational sessions including a multi-institutional boot camp, communication workshops, didactic sessions, journal clubs, case conferences and ethics conferences. We partner closely with the palliative care faculty and HPM fellow at Nemours, as well as other regional HPM programs, to maximize educational opportunities and collaborate with peers. We emphasize the interdisciplinary, team-based nature to this work.



In this fellowship, you will develop an expertise in providing state of the art supportive and palliative care to patients facing serious illness and their caregivers. Graduates will satisfy requirements for board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.



Currently we accept one trainee into the program per year. Applications are accepted per ERAS.



Thank you for your interest in our program. We are excited and passionate about your training in palliative care. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.

A great place to learn

ChristianaCare offers an unmatched learning experience. We’re one of America’s largest, non-sectarian, not for profit health care systems. We serve the Delaware Valley and we’re a nationally recognized, urban and suburban, academic and community hospital. Here you’ll learn from a huge range of pathologies and work with nationally recognized faculty, accelerating your growth as an expert, caring physician.

Learn more about our curriculum

    You'll work with great people

    You will work with nationally recognized faculty, aspiring residents, each of them among the most caring physicians you’ll find. They care about healing patients. And they care about your growth as a physician and your growth as a human being.

    Delaware is a great place to live

    A lot of history, culture and fun has been packed into the nation's first state. New Castle County, home to ChristianaCare's campuses, boasts a diverse community, world-renowned museums and cultural attractions, bike and hiking trails and a calendar packed with festivals and community events. Learn more

    • Beaches and state parks

      Enjoy the Delaware beaches or 16 state parks – all within a two hour drive!

    • Tax-free shopping

      Shop tax-free at nearby Christiana Mall and the outlet stores at the beaches.

    • Art, music and nightlife

      Catch a live band at the World Café Live, tour the Winterthur Museum and much more.

    • Sports and recreation

      Canoe the Brandywine River, check out the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team or create your own adventure.

    Ready to join us?

    Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

    Kathleen Effler, M.D. Program Director

    302 733-4186

    Kathleen.C.Effler@ChristianaCare.org

    ChristianaCare Palliative Medicine

    Christiana Hospital
    4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
    Newark, Delaware 19718