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Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a 12-month postgraduate Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to training at our world renowned institution, you will also have the opportunity to train in the community hospice setting through rotations with our long-time partner, Hospice of the Valley, which is the largest not-for-profit hospice in the country.

The fellowship puts the needs of the patient first through a multidisciplinary team approach consisting of physicians, advanced practice providers, fellows, nurses, social workers, and chaplains. Each of these individuals bring a unique and highly valued skill set to the team for the benefit of patients and their families. You have the opportunity to learn from and interact with all of our team members, as well as a number of other specialties outside of palliative medicine through rotations across a variety of settings and specialties.

These rotations include:

  • Inpatient palliative medicine
  • Outpatient palliative medicine
  • Inpatient hospice
  • Outpatient hospice
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Hospital internal medicine
  • Additional electives, pending availability

Graduates from our program will possess the expertise to manage a wide range of complex symptoms associated with serious illnesses. You will be adept in highly complex communication, including goals of care conversations. You will also possess the skills needed to pursue careers in either academic or community practices in both hospice and palliative medicine.

Program goals

The fellowship provides pre-eminent education in the art and science of palliative medicine in order to develop leaders to advance the field of palliative medicine. This fellowship aims to:

  • Produce unparalleled academic hospice and palliative medicine nurse practitioners and physician assistants who excel in the practice and administration of comprehensive, patient- and family-focused, subspecialty-level palliative medicine
  • Foster unparalleled professionalism and team-based care by maintaining an interdisciplinary environment of inclusion, equity, integrity, diversity, and respect
  • Generate hospice and palliative medicine nurse practitioners and physician assistants who embody the central ideology of Mayo Clinic, "the needs of the patient come first."
  • Equip nurse practitioners and physician assistants with the skills of resiliency and self-care, allowing them to sustain their passion for hospice and palliative medicine throughout a long and rewarding career
  • Facilitate the transition to practice experiences ensuring confidence and competence in practice through mentorship, didactic, and diverse educational opportunities.


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. The Phoenix campus includes the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the Best Hospital in Phoenix.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient education library, an endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff, and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this fellowship, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


For the majority of the fellowship, your learning schedule includes 8-10 hour days, 5 days a week. The average workweek is 40 to 50 hours.

Class size

Each year, the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits one student to the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.