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Academic Curriculum

Hospice Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Academic Curriculum and Research
Fellows in this program have an abundance of educational opportunities drawing from content at both institutions.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Lecture Series is held weekly and covers pertinent hospice and palliative medicine topics. The series ranges from small group discussions to general didactic content. Each fellow will present in this series during the course of the year.

Geriatric-Palliative Care Ethics Conference (GeriPal Ethics) is a monthly case-based, interdisciplinary ethic discussion. The fellow is expected to lead a case presentation and discussion once during the year.

Palliative Care Grand Rounds draws providers from across the region together on a quarterly basis. Fellows will present their scholarly work at the last Grand Rounds of the year if their scholarship has not otherwise been presented elsewhere.

Self-Care Curriculum: Included is 10 hours of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training by clinicians from the Children’s Mercy Center for Professional Well-Being, as well as Resiliency Training, Strength Finders, and an end-of-fellowship Reflection Session

In addition to these, fellows participate in Journal Club, complete a Scholarly Activity, and develop or join existing Quality Improvement efforts.

The pediatric hospice and palliative medicine fellow has further educational opportunities at Children’s Mercy, including those through the Improvement Academy and Bioethics Center.


Tucker M, Ellis K, Linebarger J. A unique model for perinatal palliative care in a level IV neonatal intensive care unit. Platform Presentation: Pediatric Academic Society. Baltimore, MD; April 2019

Navaneethan H, Linebarger J. Executing Simon’s Law: a case report of a neonate with trisomy 18. Poster Presentation: American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Orlando, Florida; November 2018

Navaneethan H, Linebarger J. Evaluation of a palliative care transport policy: A retrospective chart review of the first 5 years. Poster Presentation: Pediatric Academic Society. Toronto, Ontario; May 2018