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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Under the direction of Leigh Vaughan, M.D., the one-year MUSC Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Fellowship gives fellows broad-based exposure to both adult and pediatric palliative medicine in community and academic settings, with well-established interdisciplinary palliative care teams.

With the objective of developing experts and leaders in the field and ensuring that patients with life-limiting diseases receive informed, expert, and appropriate care, our program offers a wide variety of clinical rotations, educational experiences, and scholarly/research opportunities.

Program Overview

Our fellowship positions are funded by the Medical University of South Carolina. We accept two fellows per year. Experiences and training sites include the following:

MUSC Health

  • 20 weeks of inpatient Palliative Care consultation with a robust interdisciplinary team comprised of physicians, advanced practice nurses, social workers, chaplains, and palliative care volunteers. 
  • MUSC Health University Hospital is a designated Level I trauma center, a transplant center (adult and pediatric, liver, kidney, heart, lung), and a burn center (adult and pediatric). Hollings Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-Designated center in South Carolina. With the variety and magnitude of serious illness managed by our colleagues at MUSC, our fellows will see to the palliative needs of some of the most complex patients in the southeast.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (VAMC)

  • 4 weeks of inpatient and home hospice service caring for veterans with chronic and complex illness. VA rotation also includes time in telemedicine and VA campus CLC nursing home.

Roper Healthcare System

  • 8 weeks of inpatient Palliative Care consultation service at Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston and 4 weeks working with the corresponding Roper St. Francis Healthcare home hospice program.

Ambulatory Clinics, MUSC and VA

  • Alternating weeks providing outpatient Palliative Care follow up and new patient consultation for patients with a variety of serious illnesses.

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital

  • 4 weeks of inpatient Pediatric Palliative Care consultation for patients ranging in age from neonate to teenager. The pediatric palliative care rotation also includes an advanced fetal medicine clinic and Hands of Hope home hospice.

4 weeks of Elective rotations at MUSC or community based programs.

Weekly didactic in collaboration with all affiliated Palliative Care teams.

Current Fellows

Dr. Richard Thompson 

Richard Thompson, M.D.

Medical School: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Dr. Brandon Washington 

Brandon Washington, M.D.

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

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