HPM Fellowship Overview

We are delighted at your interest in the Providence Alaska Hospice Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Providence Alaska Medical Center has offered the ACGME-accredited fellowship since 2009, in association with the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program.

Our fellowship is one-year in length, working on a rotating admission date and is based in Anchorage, Alaska. Currently, we accept only one fellow per year. The program includes extensive clinical training in the delivery of palliative care for seriously ill patients of all ages and addresses the specific challenges of provisions of care in both urban and rural settings. The fellow works with our large and well-established interdisciplinary team and will also learn the leadership and teaching skills necessary to excel as a physician leader in palliative care.

The fellowship program is based at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Providence Hospice, Providence Extended Care Center, Providence Alaska Palliative Care Clinic, Children’s Hospital, Alaska Family Medicine Residency Clinic. Clinical rotations include inpatient consult service, oncology-palliative care clinic, geriatric-palliative care clinic, hospice care, long term care facility, inpatient pediatrics including PICU and NICU, radiation oncology, oncology. Elective rotations include ICU, Pulmonary, and other care settings which can be tailored to the fellow’s interests and goals. Scholarly activities include participation in journal club, teaching didactics, and structured opportunities for teaching palliative care to family medicine residents and WWAMI University of Alaska medical students.

Providence Alaska Medical Center (PAMC) is the largest hospital in Alaska and is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, providers, home health services and educational facilities located across Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. Providence Alaska Medical Center is a 374 bed tertiary care hospital with established clinical educational programs for medical students, residents and fellows, nurses and nurse practitioners and allied health professionals. Providence Health System has a long history of serving in Alaska, beginning when the Sisters of Providence first brought health care to Nome in 1902 and still holds true to the core mission of the sisters- “to reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.”

Alaska is the Land of the Midnight Sun and the Last Frontier, with majestic mountains and wilderness. It is a wonderful place to live and work, with its abundant outdoor recreation, natural beauty, and the warmth of the Alaskan people. Anchorage has a diverse population made up of Alaskan Natives, immigrants and refugees from all over the world, with over 100 languages spoken in our local school district. The cultural diversity allows us to practice cultural awareness and humility. While the interior of Alaska can get quite cold, coastal Anchorage has surprisingly moderate winter temperatures and hosts an award-winning city-wide trail system with over 120 miles of paved bike and multiuse trail and over 100 miles of groomed ski trails in the city itself,

Our faculty, staff and fellows work in a collaborative, mutually supportive environment. We are passionate about providing patient-centered and family-centered palliative care, and about healing with compassionate service. We hope that you will be as excited about the opportunities afforded by working in this unique environment and with our mission-focused palliative care interdisciplinary team.