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Bi-campus (Columbia and Cornell) Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

About the Program

The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program began training leaders in palliative care at the Columbia campus in 2011. Since then the program has grown to a class size of four fellows, and in 2019 was joined by Cornell to form a bi-campus program that incorporates the strengths and opportunities of both medical centers.

NewYork-Presbyterian, with its diversity of clinical training programs, patient populations, faculty, and staff, provides an ideal setting for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration, as our fellows work with the varied clinical providers who participate in the care of seriously ill adults and children. The year-long fellowship encompasses the medical, psychosocial, ethical, existential, and spiritual domains of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. We are committed to the excellence and preparation of future leaders in the clinical, educational, policy, and research areas of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Clinical Training

Rotation site

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical center (CUIMC): Inpatient Consultation, Clinical Ethics, Continuity Clinic
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (WCMC): Inpatient Consultation, Continuity Clinic
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (MSCH): Pediatric palliative care
  • Mary Manning Walsh: Long-term care rotation/hospice
  • VNS Hospice: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx

The fellows have an active clinical role at all sites during the fellowship while working with the respective Interdisciplinary Teams (IDTs). One month of elective time is offered to pursue research or additional clinical training. Examples include Clinical Ethics, Radiation Oncology, Integrative therapies, Interventional Pain Medicine, Consultation Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuro-Oncology, Geriatrics, and more. International Electives are also possible — for example, in the Dominican Republic, Uganda, and India.

Inpatient Consult Service (CUMC)3.5 months
Inpatient Consult Service (WCM)3.5 months
Medical Ethics (CUMC)0.5 month
Hospice (VNS)2 months
Pediatric Palliative Care0.5 month
Mary Manning Walsh Home1 month
Elective1 month
Vacation4 weeks

Didactics & educational program

  • HPM Fellowshop Core Lecture Series (weekly)
  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • Departmental Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Bi-campus Case Conferences Columbia and Cornell (quarterly)
  • Debriefing and Resiliency Training sessions for our fellows (monthly)
  • Narrative Medicine Workshop (monthly)
    • We are committed to helping our fellows develop a reflective practice and develop and strengthen their narrative competence. That is, "to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness." (Rita Charon)

How to Apply

Our Bi-campus (Columbia and Cornell campuses) HPM fellowship program is listed in ERAS as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia and Cornell Campus) Program — (5403512118)

[Previously, our fellowship program was listed as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) Program Number 5403504076]

The fellowship is an ACGME approved interdisciplinary fellowship (4 fellows per year) located in both the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine.

Applicants who have completed (or will complete) an ACGME approved residency in one of the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and neurology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The following are required for applicants to upload to ERAS: Curriculum vitae, Personal statement, 3 letters of support, Test scores (e.g., United States Medical Licensing Examination or Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates). Fellowship candidates can submit applications to our program in July. We begin reviewing applications in August and invite successful applicants to interview on a rolling basis.

Program Highlights

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Alexander Jordan, MD

Alexander Jordan, MD

Integrated Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Fellow

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Mary Hon, MD

Mary Hon, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Sahaj Patel, MD

Sahaj Patel, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine, Boston University

Whitney Salley, MD

Whitney Salley, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow

Medical School: East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine, Prisma Health - Upstate

Margo Tanner, MD

Margo Tanner, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow

Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Virginia

Contact us

Adult Palliative Care Service

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Svetlana Belyy

Svetlana Belyy
Program Coordinator, Bi-Campus (Columbia and Cornell) HPM Fellowship
Administrative Assistant to Dr. Shunichi Nakagawa , Adult Palliative Care Service