Fellows and faculty are highly involved in didactics (which includes presentations by faculty, fellows and other specialists), case discussion, journal club, research and board review courses throughout the year. Fellows lead the inpatient service and provide teaching to residents and students. Fellows attend palliative medicine business meetings and the Geisinger Hospice interdisciplinary meeting to learn administrative and leadership skills.
Fellows are required to get training for the Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Training (POLST) course and attend communication workshops offered by Graduate Medical Education.
Fellows will get opportunity to expand their horizon of knowledge with department initiatives for inpatient palliative unit at Geisinger Medical Center, outpatient palliative clinic in conjunction with oncology clinic, and home-based palliative care program.
Fellows’ clinical rotations may differ every year based on prior fellows’ feedback and educational need for adding a new rotation or change in service. The HPM program reviews the ACGME’s fellows’ and faculty’s survey during the annual program evaluation meeting and proposes program changes accordingly.
Fellows get to work closely with faculty on a research project or on scholarly activities. The Palliative Medicine Department strongly supports these activities and encourages the fellows to submit abstracts to national, state and local meetings.
The HPM program encourages and supports faculty development courses on how to teach residents, changes with the New Accredited System and milestone evaluations. The HPM program emphasizes providing time to teach for each faculty member. There is direct supervision for trainee by faculty. Most faculty are part of the Clinical Competency Committee and Program Evaluation Committee.