Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Palliative Care Mentorship Program
Through our mentorship program, community providers can spend a day or longer with the Fletcher Allen Palliative Care Service. It gives providers in rural areas the opportunity to observe and learn from a tertiary care palliative care team. The goal is to help clinicians and rural community hospitals and hospice programs develop their expertise in palliative care. See a list of the Palliative Care Mentorship faculty.
- To develop a longer-term relationship with rural community hospitals and providers.
- To enhance clinical knowledge and skills in the area of palliative care and hospice medicine.
- To foster an ongoing palliative care discussion group among rural hospitals focused on their unique needs.
- To explore opportunities for ongoing quality improvement and research.
Who Should Attend the Palliative Care Mentorship Program?
Health care professionals in Vermont and northern New York who want to improve their knowledge and skills in palliative care and hospice medicine should attend, including:
- Hospice care providers
- Physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Social workers
A modest amount of transportation funding is available. Contact Ursula McVeigh, M.D., Director of Palliative Care, at (802) 847-5536 or contact Fletcher Allen Palliative Care online for more information.
Program Schedule and Curriculum
Mentorships take place Monday through Wednesday from September to May. A maximum of two clinicians are accepted to the program at any one time. The curriculum includes:
- Individual needs assessment
- Palliative Care morning report; reviewing all active patients
- Educational module on management of pain and non-pain symptoms; how to conduct a palliative care consultation
- Patient rounds
- Noon conference (clinical case conferences)
- Learning modules
- Communication skills and advanced care planning
How to Apply to the Palliative Care Mentorship Program
NOTE: Participants must apply six weeks in advance.
Ursula McVeigh, MD
Director, Fletcher Allen Health Care Palliative Care Service
Diana Barnard, MD
Director, Fletcher Allen Health Care Rural Palliative Care Network Education Programs
Robert Macauley, MD
Director, Pediatric Advanced Care Team, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Director of Clinical Ethics
Barb Segal, RN, MS
Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse
Coordinator, Palliative Care ALS Clinical Services
Ann Laramee, APRN
Palliative Care Practitioner
Tara Pacy, RN
Director, Clinical Support Services, Fletcher Allen Health Care
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