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

Our mission is to train:

  • Clinicians who expertly care for patients at all stages of serious illness through whole-person assessment; skillful symptom management; interprofessional collaboration; and empathic, adept communication and care for patients in both major medical centers and rural settings.
  • Leaders who teach generalist skills in palliative medicine; strive for quality improvement and advancement of the field through scholarly pursuits; promote well-being and resilience; and foster diversity and inclusion for all.

We accomplish this through:

  • 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 Berns, MD
Program Director

Heather Gottfried
Program Administrator

Stephen H. Berns, MD

Stephen Berns, MD
Program Director
stephen.berns [at]



Headshot of Heather Gottfried, program administrator.

Heather Gottfried
Program Administrator
heather.gottfried [at]

Hospice & Palliative Care Sites:

Academic Department
Larner College of Medicine at UVM

Clinical Department 
UVM Medical Center