Palliative Care Fellowship Program

The MGH Palliative Care Fellowship Program aims to establish a standard of excellence in the field of palliative care training with specific emphasis placed on comprehensive, interdisciplinary end-of-life care.

In response to the growing need for well-trained clinician-educators in palliative care and for establishing standards of clinical excellence in this field, the Division of Palliative Care created a one-year fellowship program in 1998.  The program was supported by the National Cancer Institute in 2000, and evolved into a joint program with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute / Brigham and Women's Hospital fellowship program. 

In 2007, this joint program became the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship, devoted to training leaders in academic Palliative Medicine. The one-year program for 9 Fellows offers a diverse clinical experience through rotations at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), and Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston. The program is fully accredited by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Accreditation Council For Graduate Medical Education. The Fellowship curriculum and related material can be found by visiting

In addition to the fellowship rotations, the Division began offering internships for nursing and social service students, and a Nurse Practioner Fellowship in July 2012. 

The one-year, full-time advanced practice nursing fellowship provides interdisciplinary training in palliative care at one of the oldest and most established academic palliative care services.  The NP Fellow trains with Harvard faculty and Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellows and works alongside a dedicated staff experienced in mentoring and training future leaders in the field of palliative care.

Weekly Grand Rounds presentations run from September through June and are open to the healthcare community and are videoconferenced to the DFCI.

The Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program curriculum can be located at the below site:

Palliative Care Fellowship Program

MGH - Founders 600
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-9509
Fax: 617-643-6722

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Address inquiries about the Fellowship Program to:
Juliet C. Jacobsen, MD, Director of the Palliative Care Fellowship
c/o Jim Fitzgerald, Fellowship & Education Coordinator
Palliative Care Division
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 304
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617-724-9509
Fax: 617 643-6722