Fellowship Program

The mission of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program is to train leaders and academicians in the care of those with potentially life-limiting illness.

Fellowship Program Director: Amy M. Westcott, M.D., CMD, FAAHPM

Fellowship Program Coordinator: Cody Page

  • Fellows will provide enhanced care coordination by explicit navigation assistance for palliative patients as they leave the hospital and engaging in best communication practices with the interprofessional team from Hospice of Central Pennsylvania.
  • Fellows will have interprofessional learning by making joint care visits with interdisciplinary team members, including visits to patient homes, nursing homes, and residential homes.
  • Fellows will be participating members of the Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Team for 6 months.
  • Fellows will facilitate care coordination through explicit navigation assistance and follow-up for palliative care patients as they transition into the Outpatient Continuity Clinic in the Cancer Institute.
  • ‘Fellow as Teacher' with assigned curriculum development and implementation based on a needs assessment of an interprofessional team within our health system or community.

  • Hospice and Palliative Home Care. Fellows will gain extensive experience managing hospice and palliative patients through time spent with the Hospice of Central Pennsylvania. Fellows will participate in a minimum of 25 home visits, and actively participate in the interdisciplinary team meetings. Fellows will also spend a minimum of two weeks at the HCP Residential Hospice House.
  • Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation Service. Fellows will spend a minimum of four months with the interprofessional inpatient consultation teams.
  • Outpatient Clinic. Fellows will maintain their own half-day outpatient clinic practice under the supervision of the palliative care faculty. Fellows will follow new patients longitudinally in the ambulatory setting as well as across settings if the patients are admitted to the hospital, a long-term care facility, and/or hospice.
  • Long-Term Care. Fellows will learn how to provide palliative care for frail older adults residing in long-term care during dedicated time at HMC-affiliated communities.
  • Pediatric Palliative Medicine Rotation. Fellows will spend two weeks with the Hummingbird Program at Penn State Hershey's Children's Hospital.
  • Electives. Elective experiences are available in Pediatric Rotation.    Additional electives include, ALS, surgical oncology, pain control, and PMR.

Projects will leverage the agenda of the HMC Chief of Patient Safety/Quality which are focused on transitions of care, interprofessional education, and/or the patient/family experience.

Milestones will include:

  • Abstract submission to a national conference
  • Manuscripts submitted for publication

  • Fellows will be paired with faculty mentors who will guide in the acquisition of competence in the clinical, teaching, research and advocacy skills pertinent to the discipline, serve as a clinical supervisor in an inpatient or outpatient setting, develop curricula, and/or participation in didactic activities.
  • Fellows will participate in semi-structured peer-mentoring with an interprofessional peer-group.

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Fellowship Program Director 

Palliative Care Team

Current Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow – 2016-2017

  • Maria Olender, D.O.


Palliative Medicine is medical care focused on providing comfort for the seriously ill through the relief of symptoms and stress.  This type of medical care is useful at any stage of illness and can be provided along with curative treatments.  Our work is dedicated to our strong belief that individuals should live well and attain the highest quality of life, regardless of the nature or severity of their illness.

Our Mission is to prevent and relieve suffering, while supporting the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the nature or extent of the disease or the need for other therapies.

We integrate the emotional and spiritual well being of the patient and family into the management of pain and other physical symptoms of illness.

We are here to guide patients and families who are making decisions while working towards their goals throughout their course of illness.

Our team collaborates with professional and informal caregivers in various settings, to ensure coordination, communication and continuity of care across institutional and home care settings.

Our goal is to provide seamless care.

Thank you very much for your interest in our fellowship program. Applications are only accepted through ERAS in accordance to the NRMP Specialties Matching Service policies and schedules, available July 15, 2016 for July 2017 positions. Please refer to the official AAMC ERAS Fellowship website for more details. 

We welcome informal enquiries via e-mail to Cody Page, Program Coordinator or by phone 717-531-6263.