Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

MUSC Palliative Care Fellowship

The Medical University of South Carolina offers a yearlong fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPMF) that prepares physicians to provide comprehensive palliative care for patients and their families in the setting of serious illness and injury. Our HPMF program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and offers a diverse range of clinical sites encompassing our academic medical center, a community health system partner, the VA, and home hospices. MUSC is a tertiary care center offering advanced therapies in transplant, stroke, pediatric specialties, cancer treatment, trauma and burn serving patients across the state.

Fellows join our robust palliative care team, which is comprised of physicians, advanced practice nurses, dedicated social workers, chaplains and bereavement coordinator as well as specialized volunteer programs that provide end-of-life vigil, bereavement follow-up, memory making and complementary therapies. This interdisciplinary team prepares our fellows to deliver care that is focused on quality of life including expert pain and symptom management, skillful communication, and psychosocial/spiritual support for those facing complex and chronic illnesses.

Leigh Vaughan 

Leigh Vaughan, M.D.

HPM Fellowship Director
Palliative Care Attending Physician

Welcome prospective fellows! Our fellowship program gives physicians broad-based exposure to both adult and pediatric palliative medicine in academic and community settings, with well-established interdisciplinary palliative care teams. Our palliative care team is committed to developing experts and leaders in the field, ensuring that patients with life-limiting diseases receive informed, expert, and appropriate care. The program offers a wide variety of clinical rotations, educational experiences, and scholarly/research opportunities.

Leigh Vaughan, MD, FAAHPM, FHM

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