Fellowship Education

Find your care

Our compassionate palliative care team is here to support you and your loved ones.

To learn more about our inpatient palliative care services, call 424-259-8160. For general questions about palliative care or scheduling outpatient or home services, call 424-259-7009.

Core Clinical Rotations

TimeRotationClinical Sites
6 monthsInpatient palliative care consultsWest Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center
UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital
UCLA Santa Monica Hospital
1.5 monthsVA hospice (Inpatient/Long Term Care)Sepulveda VA Inpatient Hospice (HUGS)
West Los Angeles VA
1.5 monthsHome hospiceRoze Room Hospice
Trinity Care Hospice
VITAS Hospice 
1 monthVacation 
8 weeksElective (can include 4 weeks of research time) 
2 weeksPediatric Palliative CareUCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
2 weeksOrientation 

Diverse Clinical Experiences

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Our three hospital system exposes fellows to a diverse patient population within different clinical environments. There is also the opportunity to participate in palliative care rotations at other safety net hospitals within Los Angeles, including Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

In addition to three core clinical inpatient sites for Palliative Care Service rotations, all fellows participate in a weekly interdisciplinary clinic at the West Los Angeles VA or at UCLA Santa Monica. Additional unique outpatient clinical experiences are available during the outpatient elective block, which can include embedded neuro-palliative clinics, exposure to scrambler therapy, as well as palliative psychiatry, cardiology, and oncology subspecialty clinics.

Didactic Series

Our program teaches fellows key topics in hospice and palliative care through a weekly formal didactic series that includes lectures, workshops, case reviews, and board review sessions. Presenters include interdisciplinary faculty and staff from within the UCLA and VA health systems, as well as guest lecturers from local and national institutions. Faculty members have expertise in Palliative Care, Hospice Care, Geriatrics, Cardiology, Hematology and Oncology, Neurology, Radiation Oncology, Interventional Pain, Ethics, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and more.

Fellow Process Group

Fellows meet in a weekly reflection group, facilitated by our palliative care chaplain. This group not only fosters an environment of inclusion, but also promotes wellness and resiliency throughout the year.

Journal Club

Fellows and faculty members are asked to critically review and discuss seminal historical and current articles relevant to Hospice and Palliative Care.

Research Opportunities

Fellows are required to engage in a scholarly project during their fellowship year. Scholarly projects may be related to quality improvement, education development, community outreach, or research. Our faculty are interested in a variety of research areas, and fellows are paired with a mentor throughout the year to support them with their academic work.

We also offer additional options for training:

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Fellows Beach Photo


We encourage all our fellows to attend the AAHPM Annual Assembly. Fellows are excused from clinical duties to be able to attend this event.

Page last updated: 03/24