About the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Welcome to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship training program website. The Division of Hematology-Oncology and Palliative Care at the VCU School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship trainingprogram in hospice and palliative medicine (HPM). Our fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The HPM fellows will receive comprehensive training through direct patient care in a variety of settings in the VCU Health System (VCUHS) and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. These opportunities include an up-stream inpatient palliative care unit at VCU, a well-established inpatient hospice at the VA, robust inpatient consultation services at both hospitals, and ample ambulatory opportunities in the VCU supportive care clinics. The VCU Medical Center is a large 1,125-bed tertiary referral center with a full complement of outpatient clinics, and the McGuire VA Medical Center is a 399-bed tertiary VA hospital that provides comprehensive outpatient, acute inpatient, and long-term care for veterans. In addition to the opportunities provided at VCU and the VA, HPM fellows will engage in rich community hospice experiences with local hospices.

During their training, fellows are required to participate in scholarly activity and will be provided with mentorship, resources and protected time for these endeavors. Fellows are also directly involved in education of medical students and residents from internal medicine and anesthesia, as well as fellows from hematology/oncology and geriatrics.

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the VCUHealth Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program! We are proud to offer a well-established program with comprehensive training to educate tomorrow’s palliative care leaders. Palliative care has been a part of VCU for over 15 years. It began as a small consult service and has grown to the dynamic program it is today with the enduring goal of providing the best care possible to patients at the end-of-life and for those living with serious illness. In 2019, we are recruiting for four fellowship positions to start their Hospice and Palliative training on July 1, 2020. As you consider your choice of program to complete your fellowship training, I encourage you to explore our website and reach out to our fellowship coordinator with any questions. 

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Curriculum

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Danielle Noreika, MD

Danielle Noreika, MD

Program Director

Danielle Noreika, MD

Danielle Noreika, MD

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Hematology, Oncology & Palliative Medicine

Email: danielle.noreika@vcuhealth.org

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Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Hematology, Oncology & Palliative Medicine

Email: steven.grossman@vcuhealth.org

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Research Faculty

Interdiscplinary Faculty

  • Hope Barner, BSN, RN - Supportive Care Clinical Nurse 
  • Donna Burns-Stewart, PhD - Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Barton Bobb, MSN - APN
  • Jason Callahan - Chaplain
  • Jessica Gray, RN, MSN - Nurse Manager
  • Katie Guryansky - Social Worker, Inpatient Palliative Care
  • Tamara Orr, PhD - Psychologist
  • Laura Shanks, PhDc - Nurse Clinician
  • Sue Stella, PT - Physical Therapist 

Class of 2020

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Leah Couture, MD
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

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Anita T.T. Kuzhiyil, MD
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, West Indies, Grenada
Residency: Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI

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Sarah Ebbers West, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School of the Medical College of Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

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Paul Zelensky, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
Residency: The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY

Alumni

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training Program must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program in one of the following specialties: Internal Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Family Medicine and Neurology. Physicians from other specialties such as Radiology and Pathology may be considered on an individual basis.

How to Apply

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship training program at VCU is a participant in the NRMP Match. All applications will be accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and follow ERAS deadlines.

Required Documentation

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE score reports
  • Medical School transcripts
  • A personal statement
  • An evaluation from your program director
  • 4 letters of recommendation
  • A photograph

If applicable, please provide the following:

  • A notarized copy of your ECFMG certificate
  • A notarized copy of your Medical School Diploma (with translation if necessary)
  • Front and back of permanent residency card or IAP-66

Application Timeline

We will review applications from July 15 through August 31. Invitations to interview will likely be issued during and immediately after this time frame.

Interview dates for 2019 are:

  •  August 13, 20, 27
  • September 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, if needed

Interview Information

Interview days generally begin at 8 a.m. and end around 3 p.m.  Throughout the day applicants can expect to observe inpatient rounds and pre-clinic conference, interview with faculty members from various disciplines, have lunch with the current fellows and take a scenic tour of Richmond to the VA McGuire Medical Center.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980230
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0230

Program Director

Danielle Noreika, MD
Phone:  (804) 828-9723
Email: danielle.noreika@vcuhealth.org

Program Coordinator

Amanda V. Johnson
VCU Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509 
Phone: (804) 828-9726
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org