Hospice And Palliative Medicine

Welcome to the Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center’s Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (HPCM) Fellowship! This is an ACGME Accredited one-year fellowship. We are approved to accept one Fellow per year. The fellowship Program Director is Dr. Mohammad Al-Nsour.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine aims to train physicians in the interdisciplinary care of patients with life-limiting illness and their families. The program provides the fellow with the basic and clinical knowledge, research, clinical judgment, professionalism, interpersonal skills, compassion and abilities necessary to continue to practice a long career as a leader in hospice and palliative care medicine. The curriculum focus includes the clinical and theoretical aspects of hospice and palliative medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center is an accredited tertiary care teaching hospital and, in addition to the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship, sponsors the following accredited residency programs: Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Transitional Year, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship. The Family Medicine Residency Program is the sponsor for the Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship.

The duration of the fellowship is twelve months and there is a total of one accredited position in the program.

Comprehensive training in all aspects of hospice and palliative medicine is stressed and there are opportunities for fellows to be involved in clinical research projects.

Applications to this program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

All Candidates selected for the Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship must have completed an ACGME or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited program in child neurology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, or neurology; or at least three clinical years in an ACGME or AOA accredited graduate educational program in one of the following specialties: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, radiation oncology, radiology, or surgery.

Training is conducted in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Training Structure

Fellowship training lasts for twelve months. There are three participating training sites: (1) Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center; (2) Hospice of Northwest Ohio; (3) Orchard Villa Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility. The program offers training in inpatient acute care, Hospice inpatient, Hospice home care, and longitudinal experiences in palliative care continuity clinic, pediatric experience and long-term care. The organization of the training program is flexible and may be tailored to a fellow’s goals and interests by offering electives which improve management skills and expose them to patients from various disciplines. Electives are offered in: oncology, pain management, cardiology, pulmonary and critical care, pediatrics, geriatrics, neurology, and infectious disease.

Fellows will complete eight months of required training; required longitudinal experiences in palliative care continuity clinic, pediatric experience, long-term care (equivalent of one month total experience); and four elective months. The intent of the program is to individualize training within the framework of the ACGME guidelines to optimize each fellow’s ability to achieve excellence in hospice and palliative medicine.

Fellows will attend the Annual AAHPM assembly and an annual local palliative care conference. Fellows will present/attend monthly Journal Clubs, didactic core lectures, research seminars and other communication skills workshops during the course of their fellowship.