Research & Teaching
For most palliative care clinicians teaching is a significant part of his/her work. Common audiences for palliative care physicians include: residents and medical students as well as hospital staff and community members. As such our fellows are encouraged to teach and to develop their teaching skills and tools during their fellowship year. The MMC Department of Medical Education provides extensive opportunities for teachers of all levels to expand their skills. Fellows are encouraged to partake in these conferences as well as asynchronous learning opportunities when able.
A distinguishing feature of the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship is its Association with the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, (CORE) at Maine Medical Center. The Fellowship Program Director, Dr. Rebecca Hutchinson, actively participates in research and is an investigator at CORE. There are many opportunities for the Fellow to engage in research activities pertinent to palliative medicine. All fellows are expected to complete a research project. Projects will vary depending on the particular fellow’s areas of interest. In the recent past fellows have done quality improvement projects, quantitative research, and developed business models to use in future work environments. 5 of the last 6 have presented their work at the national AAHPM conference.