About the Program

The Ohio State University Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a well-established ACGME-accredited program devoted to training future physicians and leaders in the care of patients with serious illness. The one-year program accepts four physicians as fellows to prepare them to launch successful palliative medicine careers in ambulatory, hospice or hospital-based settings with diverse patient populations.

Experienced and committed educators use a combination of approaches (clinical experiences, workshops, didactics, mentoring, etc.) to foster learning in clinical skills as well as develop the foundation for those individuals interested in becoming leaders, researchers or clinical educators in the field.


Our program currently offers:

  • A one-year clinical fellowship offered by the Division of Palliative Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine that includes a high-volume, interdisciplinary clinical program and the opportunity to receive a certificate in medical education
  • A one-year combined adult/pediatric track offered by the Division of Palliative Medicine at The Ohio State University and the Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice Program in the Department of Anesthesia at Nationwide Children's Hospital for those physicians interested in practicing hospice and palliative medicine for both adults and children

Partnering Institutions

Most educational sessions (workshops, lectures, small group discussions) are shared with the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows at OhioHealth and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide a collaborative learning environment that draws on Hospice and Palliative Medicine experts in the Greater Columbus area.


Program Rotations

Rotations by Fellowship Track

Rotations by Fellowship Track

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine program offers two different, one year tracks: the adult, clinical track and the combined adult/pediatric track.

Adult Program

Blocks       Rotation  
1     Boot camp
5     Inpatient palliative medicine consultation service 
2.5     Home and inpatient hospice 
    Elective (interventional pain, geriatrics, etc.) 
    Research and quality improvement project 
1     Long term care 
    Pediatric palliative care service 
0.5      Pharmacology 

Combined Adult/Pediatric Program

Blocks       Rotation  
1     Boot camp
2     Inpatient palliative medicine consultation service 
2.5     Home and inpatient hospice 
    Elective (interventional pain, geriatrics, etc.) 
    Research and quality improvement project 
1     Long term care 
    Inpatient pediatric palliative medicine consultation service 
0.5      Pharmacology 

Rotation Details

About the Rotations

About the Rotations

The program offers the fellow a wide, comprehensive range of clinical experience. Learn more about all of the rotations offered through the program.

Continuity Clinic

Fellows have an ambulatory clinic weekly during which they will see a diverse patient population including patients experiencing the following serious illnesses: cancer, heart failure, lung disease, neurologic disorders, HIV, etc.

For those fellows interested in the adult/pediatric track, fellows will spend six months in the Adult Palliative Care Clinic at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and six months in the Complex Care Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Foundational Knowledge Rotations

  • Boot camp - All fellows spend block one together with the majority of clinical work focused on the James Cancer Center. This rotation is designed to orient the fellow to the hospital system and to key palliative medicine concepts through workshops, small group discussion, literature review and clinical teaching
  • Pharmacology rotation - approximately mid-year, fellows spend two weeks with the palliative medicine pharmacist on a clinical inpatient service to deepen their knowledge on the pharmacology of symptom management (e.g. use of opioids in renal or hepatic dysfunction, pharmacologic options for management of delirium, anorexia/cachexia, insomnia, malignant bowel obstruction, etc.)

Inpatient Consultation Service Rotations

Fellows spend a total of five blocks on inpatient consultation services with an interdisciplinary team (including chaplain, social worker and pharmacist), an APN, an attending and medical students and residents. The placement on inpatient consultation teams during the five blocks will depend on the fellows' interests with a focus on providing comprehensive care including symptom management and delineation of goals of care for patients with serious illness. 

Adult/pediatric track fellows will spend three months on the consultation service at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

Adult track fellows will chose a combination of consultation services in the three OSU hospitals:

  • The James Comprehensive Cancer Center - fellows care for patients with cancer at all stages of disease and all levels of treatment including clinical trials. Fellows consult on patients with both solid and hematologic malignancies including patients who will or have undergone a bone marrow transplant as well as patients with non-malignant hematologic illnesses such as sickle cell disease.
  • The University Hospital - fellows will care for a diverse patient population in the intensive care units (medical, surgical, neurological), Harding Psychiatric Hospital, Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital and on the general medical and surgical services.
  • The Ross Heart Hospital Service - fellows care for patients with advanced heart failure as well as patients receiving advanced heart therapies and undergoing high-risk procedures (e.g. LVADs, transplants, TAVR, ECMO)

Pediatric Palliative Medicine Rotation

Fellows provide care to children with complex palliative care needs in the following settings associated with Nationwide Children's Hospital – patient's homes (both palliative care and hospice), complex care clinics and inpatient consultation.

Adult track fellows will spend at least four weeks on this rotation. Adult/pediatric track fellows will spend at least three months on the inpatient consultation service and six months in the Complex Care Clinic on a weekly basis.

Hospice Rotation

Fellows will spend a total of two and a half blocks at Mount Carmel Hospice. Fellows participate in the care of hospice patients in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team in patients' homes, in the skilled nursing facility or in the inpatient hospice unit.

Longterm Care Rotation

Fellows spend one block at Ohio Health Hospice providing clinical care in the inpatient hospice facility (Kobacker Hospice House) and occasionally at the skilled nursing facility in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team.


Fellows select from a large number of electives to allow further exposure to fields related to hospice and palliative medicine. Some electives that have been chosen by past fellows include:
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Ethics
  • Medical intensive care unit
  • Integrative medicine
  • Pediatric (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Geriatrics
  • Spiritual care
  • Interventional pain

Scholarly Activity Rotation

Fellows spend one block focusing exclusively on their scholarly activities. Fellows complete a quality improvement project as a group with close supervision from the palliative medicine faculty and the Office of Quality and Patient Safety.

In addition, fellows present a topic of interest at the Division of Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds after close supervision and mentorship on developing an effective lecture. Finally, fellows are strongly encouraged to work on another scholarly activity with close faculty supervision (e.g. a case report, a Fast Fact, literature review, presentations at local or national meetings).

Educational Sessions and Conferences

Learn about the program's educational attributes

Learn about the program's educational attributes

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine program includes many different educational conferences, sessions, exposure, tools and meetings for fellows.

Billing Curriculum

Fellows are involved in didactics, small group discussion and chart review and throughout the year designed to teach the components of a comprehensive palliative care consultation and integration of billing requirements.

Chemical Dependency Curriculum

Fellows develop basic knowledge and skills in caring for hospice and palliative medicine patients with current or prior chemical dependency issues through longitudinal lectures, workshops and precepted clinical care.

Clinician Educator Certification Program

In conjunction with their other subspecialty fellows in the Department of Internal Medicine, fellows attend monthly seminars on various topics that help to develop knowledge and skills in medical education. Fellows may opt to pursue higher certification by involvement in education-based workshops and scholarly projects.

Communication Curriculum

Fellows meet monthly for small group workshops that teach patient-centered communication strategies through simulated patient experiences. This also includes a three-day intensive communication course at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ethics Curriculum

Fellows learn to recognize and manage ethical issues in the practice of hospice and palliative medicine through a reading list, lectures and small group discussions. Fellows are encouraged to participate in a monthly Clinical Ethics Case Conference.

Psychosocial Curriculum

Fellows participate in quarterly meetings with a PhD clinical psychologist to discuss clinical cases with a focus on psychosocial issues identified in clinical encounters. Topics covered during this time include bereavement, grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.

Spirituality Curriculum

Fellows learn to screen for and address existential and spiritual distress for patients and their families who are facing serious illness. Fellows participate in multiple workshops throughout the year to gain knowledge and skills regarding the spiritual needs of patients from major world religions with a particular focus on end-of-life care.

Structured Learning Activities

Fellows have ample protected time for learning during their block rotations. Educational sessions occur weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Fellows from The Ohio State University, OhioHealth and Nationwide Children’s Hospital participate in these sessions together to foster collaborative learning. 

The educational sessions include the following:
  • Ethics curriculum
  • Communication curriculum
  • Billing curriculum
  • Spirituality curriculum
  • Chemical dependency curriculum
  • Leadership training
  • Journal Club
  • Case conference
  • Division of Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds

Application Process

Applicants interested in pursuing fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center should follow the instructions via ERAS. 


Fellow applicants must have completed or will complete an ACGME or AOA-accredited residency program in one of the following:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine (including combined internal medicine/pediatric programs)
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgery

In addition, fellow applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible with demonstration of active pursuit of certification.

Application dates

  • Start date: July
  • Application opens: July 15 one year prior to start date

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Bethany Brisbin, MD

Undergraduate: BA in psychology, Miami University
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Julia Agne, MD

Undergraduate: BS in biomedical engineering, University of Cincinnati
MD: University of Cincinnati
Residency program: The Ohio State University - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Kevin (Yunpeng) Li, MD

Undergraduate: BS in genetics, University of California - Irvine
MD: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Residency program: University of Minnesota - Internal Medicine

Kristen Moyer, MD

Undergraduate: BS in psychology and biology, University of North Carolina
MD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Graduate: MS of theological studies at Duke Divinity School
Residency program: Yale-New Haven Hospital - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Past Fellows

Past Fellows

2016 - 2017

Anna Affan, MD:  7/1/2016 – 7/16/2017, Baptist Health, Montgomery, Alabama

Jennica Johns, MD:  7/1/2016 – 7/16/2017, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Brittany Waterman, MD:  7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

2015 - 2016

Huma Ansari, MD: 7/1/2015 - 7/22/2016, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Amanda Lorenz, MD: 7/1/2015 - 8/12/2016, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Erin Scott, MD: 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

James Mears, MD: 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016, West Virginia University, Charleston, WV

2014 - 2015

Asma Azimi, MD: 7/1/2014 – 7/24/2015, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH

Sheri Knepel, MD: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015, Zusman Community Hospice, Columbus, Ohio

Charles Miller, MD: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Pina Patel, MD: 7/1/2014 – 8/27/2015, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

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2013 - 2014

Paola Genovese, MD: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Katie Heintz Stowers, DO: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

Kelly Wu, MD: 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2012 - 2013

Janette Abell, MD: 7/1/2012 – 12/31/2013, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Julio Galindo-Sanchez, MD: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ

Maged Ghattas, MD: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013, Complete Care Pain, Freehold, NJ

Candyce Greene, MD: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013, Emergency Medicine Associates, Germantown, MD

2011 - 2012

Anila Jajodia, MD: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2012, OhioHealth, Columbus, OH

Sheryl Kurze, MD: 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2012, University Health Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2010 - 2011

Tayyaba Irshad, MD: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, Middlesboro ARH Hospital, Middleboro, KY

Jasmin Jensen, MD: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Robert Johnson, MD: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Grace Ukairo, MBBS: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2011, Mount Carmel Hospital, Columbus, OH


Michael Bourn, DO: 7/1/2009 – 6/30/2010, OhioHealth-Grady Memorial Hospital, Delaware, OH

Amberly Burger, MD: 7/1/2009 – 6/30/2010, Beacon Health System, Elkhart, IN

Abdul Q. Shahid, MD:
 7/1/2009 – 6/30/2010, Medical Center at Elizabeth Place, Dayton, OH

2008 - 2009

Lauren Goodman, MD: 7/1/2008 – 6/30/2009, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Srividya Viswanathan, MD: 7/1/2008 – 6/30/2009 - OhioHealth Cancer Physicians, Mansfield, OH

2007 - 2008

Fatima Jafri, MD: 7/1/2007 – 7/31/2008, UC Davis Medical Group, Roseville, CA

Syeda Zaidi, MD: 7/1/2007 – 7/31/2008, UPMC Stroke Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

2006 - 2007

Jennifer Hirsh, MD: 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007, Zusman Community Hospice, Columbus, OH

Ahmed Jakda, MD: 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007, Marion General Hospital, Marion, OH

2005 - 2006

Mounir Sanhaji, MD: 7/1/2004 - 6/30/2005, Family Practice, Columbus, OH


Michael Adolph, MD: 7/1/2004 - 6/30/2005, CareSource, Dayton, OH

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