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Baylor College of Medicine to launch pediatric palliative care fellowship program in US

16 March 2017

Baylor College of Medicine has developed a new Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program which will launch in July 2017.

A post created on 9 March 2017 on the Baylor College of Medicine website announces the development of a new pediatric fellowship program which will launch in July 2017 and provide one year of specialty training for physicians interested in the field.

Dr Jared Rubenstein, assistant professor of pediatrics and co-director of the new fellowship is quoted as saying, "Pediatric palliative care is a relatively new field nationwide. There are few pediatric training programs in the U.S., so there is a need to provide more training." 

He goes on to say, "We are excited about the new program so we can cultivate passion and dedication for this growing field at our institution and nationally." 

Dr. Jill Ann Jarrell, assistant professor of pediatrics and fellowship co-director emphasized that pediatric pallaitive care is much more than end-of-life care. She explains that in addition to focusing on pain and other symptoms of disease, palliative care health professionals pay close attention to psycho-social needs of the patient and family, including financial concerns and religious beliefs and how these factors impact overall health and ability to cope with disease.

Texas Children's Hospital will serve as the primary clinical site for the Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program and fellow in the program will conduct hospital rotations with the Texas Children's' Pediatric Advanced Care Team, or PACT, which consists of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, bereavement coordinators and other healthcare professionals who assist with goals of care discussions, complex care coordination, advanced symptom management, grief and bereavement support and end-of-life care. 

The fellow will have the opportunity to work with the core PACT faculty as well as the adjunct PACT faculty and will always have direct or indirect faculty supervision. All PACT faculty are board eligible or board certified in Pediatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The volume of patients seen by the PACT consult services and the number of outpatient clinic visits is robust given the size and scope of Texas Children’s Hospital. The inpatient consult service holds an average census of over 20 with outpatient clinic visits of five-ten per week.

Fellows will also rotate with Houston Hospice on home and in-patient visits and with Health Bridge, a long-term care facility for children with chronic conditions. The fellowship also will include rotations with the anesthesia pain service, physical medicine and rehabilitation, hematology/oncology and other pediatric specialties, and a research component. The fellowship program will start with one fellow and later expand to two. 

Click here to find out more about the Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

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