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NewYork-Presbyterian

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

Program Highlights

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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.

Rotation

Months

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 Care

0.5 month

Mary Manning Walsh Home

1 month

Elective

1 month

Vacation

4 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.

Fellows

Rebecca Jacobowitz, MD

Rebecca Jacobowitz, MD

Bi-Campus Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellow

Medical School: New York Medical College
Pediatric Residency: NYU School of Medicine
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship: New York Presbyterian- Weill Cornell
Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Bi-campus (Columbia/Cornell) Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Boards/Certifications: Pediatrics, 10/2018

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: Dr. Jacobowitz is interested in improving the accessibility of pediatric palliative care for patients, families and care providers, especially in the ICU setting.  She is also interested in learning how to more effectively teach primary palliative care skills to trainees and pediatric care providers. She is also interested in medical education. Her PICU fellowship research was a qualitative project on the pediatric resident experience during the PICU rotation exploring factors related to burnout, wellness and education. Dr. Jacobowitz especially enjoys working with medical students.

Manali Saraiya, MD

Manali Saraiya, MD

Bi-Campus Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellow

Medical School: American University of Antigua

Residency: Internal Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital Center of Mt. Sinai
Fellowship: Geriatrics at Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian

Boards/Certifications: Board Certified in Internal Medicine (10/01/2020-10/01/2030)

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: Dr. Saraiya hopes to continue my education to better help families and patients during this process of aging. During college, she had the opportunity to earn a degree in secondary education alongside her bachelor’s degree. It was then she found her passion to teach. She is hoping to use her passion to teach and my love for geriatrics and palliative care to help take better care of patients and their families.

Orel Shuker, MD, MSc, Bsc

Orel Shuker, MD, MSc, Bsc

Bi-Campus Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellow

Medical School: Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel)

Residency: Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, New York)

Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Bi-campus (Columbia/Cornell) Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: Dr. Shuker has been inspired to advocate for the equitable care of patients and families who are facing the challenges of serious illness, and to work on improving the health care system to fully meet their needs.  Her specific interests include management of pain and symptoms, end-of-life care and advance care planning, as well as addressing the hazards of hospitalization of the elderly, including functional decline and transition of care-related adverse events.

Amardeep Singh, MD

Amardeep Singh, MD

Bi-Campus Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Fellow

Medical School: American University of Antigua

Residency: Eastern Virginia medical School

Goals as Palliative Care Provider: Dr. Singh’s goals are to understand the patient needs, provide the appropriate support.  He also wants to bridge the gap between the patient, their family members and other providers to ensure everyone is in full comprehension of the patient’s plan of care.  Dr. Singh also intends to support patients and their families through the journey of chronic and or terminal illness.

Contact us


Adult Palliative Care Service

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Elizabeth Moreno
Program Coordinator, Bi-Campus (Columbia and Cornell) HPM Fellowship
Administrative Assistant to Dr. Craig Blinderman, Adult Palliative Care Service