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Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

We train the next generation of providers with the skills necessary to provide everyone with the care and dignity they deserve.

How to apply


Enroll in the program to position yourself for a successful, independent career in any aspect of hospice and/or palliative care. Here, you will learn to work on an interdisciplinary team that will achieve outstanding patient and family-centered care, while also participating in quality improvement projects, clinical research and community involvement. You will graduate with an understanding of how to work effectively in a healthcare system, as well as how to provide care for patients and their support systems with empathy and compassion. 


The Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship lasts a total of 1 year, which is broken down into 13 four-week blocks. You will have 1 elective block that can be used for research or tailored to your specific interests. You are expected to complete a scholarly or quality improvement project with the support of our full research staff, including biostatisticians and media specialists, who are ready and willing to help you. Finally, all Hospice & Palliative Medicine faculty are board-certified and come from diverse backgrounds, including internal medicine, family medicine and geriatrics, and bring experiences from multiple health systems across the country. 

How to apply

The ideal fellow desires a program that offers a collaborative environment that’s geared towards fostering excellent patient and family-centered care. As this is the first year the fellowship is being offered here at Gundersen, you will have a unique ability to help mold the program into the ideal learning environment. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, learn more about the requirements and interview process, and apply through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). 

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What sets our program apart?

In the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship, we are proud to:  

  • Have an integrated and respected inpatient palliative medicine service with telemedicine available to our critical access hospitals in the tri-state area, an ambulatory palliative clinic with options for telemedicine and virtual visits, and a community-based hospice team; 
  • Have a critical care and palliative medicine nurse liaison to foster excellent communication and patient/family support; 
  • Ensure that our fellows have a panel of clinic patients they are responsible for and a panel of hospice patients they will follow through their journey; and 
  • Discuss any proposed changes with our fellows, focusing on one key question: Will this change improve the educational experiences of our trainees?
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We offer paid medical premiums, funds for educational and wellness expenses, a meal stipend, and more benefits to support you during your fellowship. 

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As an Internal Medicine resident and later as a Hematology/Oncology fellow at Gundersen Health System, I had the amazing opportunity to rotate with the outpatient and inpatient Palliative Care teams. The inpatient experience is immersive and powerful as a trainee, as you have the opportunity to work closely with patients and their families during the end stages of their disease. This training is balanced by the outpatient experience, which offers a beautiful lens to all of the different support that is provided to our patients in the upstream stages of their disease. The Palliative Care leadership also thoughtfully considers the magnitude of this training and prioritizes trainee wellness through debriefing exercises.

Why Gundersen

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Steps from our flagship medical center in La Crosse, our housing options allow you to enjoy the company of your family and the comradery of your colleagues.

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Prioritizing Your Wellness

As you learn how to become the clinician you aspire to be, we’ll provide space to prioritize your mind and body wellness, and reach the work-life balance you need.

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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