The University of Vermont Health Network offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship to train future physician leaders in Hospice and Palliative Care.

Read our DEI Statement

Our mission is to train:

  • Clinicians who expertly care for patients at all stages of serious illness and in any medical setting.  We do this through whole-person assessment, skillful symptom management, inter-professional collaboration, and empathic and adept communication with patients and their families.
  • Leaders who can help move field of Hospice & Palliative Medicine forward.

We accomplish this through:

  • Clinical Excellence for patients at all stages of serious illness by performing whole-person assessment, skillful symptom management, interprofessional collaboration, and empathic and adept communication with patients and their families.
  • Diverse clinical experiences at a major academic hospital, a hospice center, a longitudinal care facility, critical access hospitals, and patients’ homes, as well as through telehealth visits. Our program particularly dedicates time to rural palliative care.
  • Dedicated academic workshops on clinical skills, evidence-based medicine, leadership development and population health, also covering health systems, value-incentive payment models and quality improvement.
  • Opportunities for collaboration on academic pursuits through the Vermont Conversation Lab and TalkVermont, a partnership with VitalTalk and Ariadne Labs that emphasizes person-centered goals of care conversations throughout our health network.
  • A commitment to self-care and resilience, including workshops on narrative medicine, Balint groups and structured reflections.

We seek fellows from all backgrounds and specialties. If you are a physician with a demonstrated passion for Hospice and Palliative Medicine, we hope you will consider applying to join our community.

We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Stephen H. Berns, MD

Stephen Berns, MD
Program Director
stephen [dot] bernsatuvmhealth [dot] org



Headshot of Heather Gottfried, program administrator.

Heather Gottfried
Program Administrator
heather [dot] gottfriedatuvmhealth [dot] org



Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

UVM Health Network Hospice & Palliative Medicine values diversity as a driver of excellence in both the clinical and academic setting. We embrace diversity in its broadest forms, encompassing and exploring the dimensions of not only racial and ethnic diversity, but also gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, thought or philosophy, disability, education level, socioeconomic background, Veteran status, and life experience. 

We actively seek diversity and inclusion within our community and seek fellows who will continue to foster this important mission.

Hospice & Palliative Care Sites:

Academic Department
Larner College of Medicine at UVM

Clinical Department 
UVM Medical Center