Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Medicine and Palliative Medicine

Children’s Minnesota completely funds and is the site of pediatric training for the one-year ACGME-accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Minnesota. The department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul – is (with 36 interdisciplinary team members) among the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country.

The pain & palliative care program is devoted to control acute, chronic/complex and procedural pain in all in- and outpatients in close collaboration with all pediatric sub-specialties at Children’s Minnesota. The team also provides holistic, interdisciplinary care for children and teens with life-limiting or terminal diseases and their families.

Integrative Medicine provides and teaches integrative therapies (such as massage, acupuncture/acupressure, biofeedback, aromatherapy, self-hypnosis) to provide care that promotes optimal health and supports the highest level of functioning in all individual child’s activities. The department received the “Circle of Life Award” by the American Hospital Association in 2008, and was he 2013 recipient of the “Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Award” by the American Pain Society.

The fellowship offers a specific pediatric emphasis for those interested in primarily caring for pediatric patients in their future career. Training aims to provide physicians with advanced skills in holistic, inter-disciplinary care for children and teens with life-limiting or terminal diseases and their families.

As Children’s has one of the few combined pain, palliative care and integrative medicine departments in the country, the curriculum has a particular focus on state-of-the-art pharmacologic and integrative (“non-pharmacologic”) pain and symptom management. The participation of the fellow in the annual pediatric pain master class and in EPEC-Pediatrics will be offered. One fellow per year is accepted for the pediatric emphasis program.

Learn more about the fellowship and application process.

Learn more about the department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care, and Integrative Medicine program.