May 08, 2020

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


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Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care

The mission of the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care is to equip qualified, committed, creative, and caring nurse practitioners with the clinical and academic expertise to become future leaders in palliative and supportive care. Nurse practitioners in this program work with members of our Supportive Care Service and train side by side with physician fellows in our Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program.

During the yearlong program, NP fellows form an integral part of the inpatient Supportive Care Service, which sees about 150 new patients per month at Memorial Hospital. Evidence-based, patient- and family-centered care is provided with daily involvement by attending doctors, NP staff, and interdisciplinary team members. Outpatient experience is acquired in the Supportive Care outpatient clinic, with fellows supervised by attending doctors and nurse practitioners and seeing patients referred from the oncology services. With mentoring, fellows are encouraged to participate in research and quality improvement projects and to submit reports of this work for presentation at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals.