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Bethany Yale, Program Manager

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
66 Bramhall Street, Suite G1
Portland, Maine 04102
Phone: 207-662-5112

Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Maine Medical Center’s Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship 

Our one-year fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and was established in 2013. Our principal training sites are Maine Medical Center, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Augusta and Hospice of Southern Maine. The program presently enrolls 2 fellows per year. We consider applicants from all specialties cosponsoring the hospice & palliative medicine boards. Our program has benefitted from fellows from Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

We train physicians to become expert palliative medicine clinicians in order to improve care and decrease suffering for patients living with serious illness.

Our program benefits from resources and training at three sites with strong interdisciplinary teams: Maine Medical Center, a tertiary academic medical center, the Togus VA Medical System, which includes an inpatient palliative medicine unit and long-term care units, and Hospice of Southern Maine, providing experience with a Medicare home-hospice and inpatient hospice facility. Through these diverse training sites, trainees gain experience in a wide-range of settings delivering the full continuum of care for patients with serious illness. Graduates from our program are able to use their medical expertise and communication skills to enhance wellbeing and relieve physical, spiritual and existential suffering for patients and their families in community and academic settings.

Our graduates:

  1. have the necessary medical expertise to manage common and uncommon symptoms that arise for patients with serious illness from the time of diagnosis through end-of-life.
  2. have the ability to communicate effectively with patients and families with a wide variety of illnesses, from all cultural backgrounds, and at the full range of illness severity/stage in a way that eases suffering and facilitates healthy coping.
  3. are able to teach and coach other health professionals in their communication and primary palliative medicine skills.
  4. are able to work collaboratively in inter-disciplinary teams in order to meet the needs of patients with serious-illness.
  5. have the necessary academic skills to critically evaluate medical literature and lead quality improvement projects.

Learn more about our Palliative Medicine program. We are happy to speak with you further. Feel free to contact us!

Rebecca Hutchinson, M.D., MPH
Fellowship Director

KJ Williams, M.D.
Site Director
VA Togus