Seeking applications:

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is offering a unique, two year combined Pain and Palliative Care Fellowship designed to meet the career goals of physicians from a wide range of backgrounds interested in a career of pediatric palliative medicine. This fellowship is open to applicants from various disciplines including pediatrics, family medicine, and anesthesia. This Fellowship is specifically designed for those who are seeking advanced training in pediatric pain medicine and palliative care.

The Pain and Palliative Care Program (Medical Director Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD) is an exciting and ambitious program: The specialty program aims to control acute, chronic and recurrent pain in all in- and outpatients at Children’s of Minnesota, and throughout the surrounding community. The team also provides holistic, multidisciplinary care for children and teens with life-limiting or terminal diseases and their families. Pain and Palliative Care staff work collaboratively with pediatric subspecialists throughout Children’s, including Integrative Medicine which provides mind- body interventions such as hypnosis, biofeedback, massage, aromatherapy and much more.

In 2008, the Pain and Palliative Care Program at Children’s of Minnesota was a recipient of the distinguished Circle of Life award (sponsored by American Hospital Association) as well as being designated as one of two pediatric palliative care leadership centers with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).

Children’s is the 7th largest pediatric health care organization in the United States with more than 4.300 employees, 326-staffed beds (50% of which are designated as intensive care) and two campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis (3.2 million inhabitants in the metro area). An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children’s provides care through more than 14,000 inpatient admissions, 21,000 surgical cases, 11,000 home visits, and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has been ranked among the top Children’s hospitals in the US (U.S. News and World Report, 2007 and 2008), is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence (In the top 5% of hospitals nationally, and one of only 22 pediatric hospitals) and among the top ten pediatric hospitals in quality and safety, for the third consecutive year (Leapfrog Group).


Fellows will receive training in state of the art pharmacological as well as integrative, non-pharmacologic therapies for pain and symptom management. Training will encompass the areas of acute pain management, chronic/complex pain management, palliative and hospice medicine. Emphasis will be on training in strategies for effective collaboration within a multidisciplinary team, and utilizing a family centered care approach. Fellows will care for pediatric patients in inpatient, home-based and outpatient clinic settings. Fellows will gain experience in caring for children with a wide variety of disease conditions, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Clinical care opportunities and education will be provided to fellows as they work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team structure.

Program highlights:

  • Comprehensive multidisciplinary curriculum encompassing patient care, bioethics, clinical research and leadership skill development.
  • One-on-one mentoring and networking with nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field.
  • Accommodations to support exploration of personal interests related to the field.
  • Eligibility to become credentialed in pain management with the American Academy of Pain Management.
  • Eligibility to become board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team, including 6 nurses, 3 APRNs, 2 pediatricians, 4 social workers, a psychologist, chaplain, child life specialist, bereavement counselor, research coordinator, and integrative medicine therapists to assure timely assessment and intervention for all children referred to the program.


  • MD with State of Minnesota medical license, or eligibility.
  • Preference will be given to candidates seeking a career in the field of pediatric pain and palliative care.

At this time, the fellowship in Pediatric Pain and Palliative Medicine at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is pursuing fellowship accreditation through the ACGME. This fellowship was designed in accordance with such accreditation and national standards in the field.

Submit the following for consideration:

  • A Letter of interest (please include the year you are applying to begin a fellowship)
  • CV
  • 2 letters of reference

Contact us:

For further questions, inquiries, or applications contact the Children’s Institute for Pain and Palliative Care at (612) 813-6450 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please address your CV, cover letter, and letter of references to:

Kaci Osenga, MD
Associate Medical Director
Fellowship Director
Pain and Palliative Care Program
Children’s Hospital and Clinics of MN
2525 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Office phone: 612-813-7062

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