Welcome from the Program Director

Dr. NoreikaWelcome 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. 

On the inpatient Thomas Palliative Care Unit, we provide expert training to fellows caring for patients with acute palliative needs under the guidance of faculty board-certified in palliative medicine along with a dedicated and talented interdisciplinary team. We offer a robust and interdisciplinary inpatient consult experience through which fellows will become skilled at addressing palliative issues in a large and complex medical center. Outpatient Supportive Care Clinics have been established alongside the Dalton Hematology and Oncology clinics and allow fellows to hone the skills necessary to care for an outpatient clinic population with significant palliative care needs. 

We have a long-standing partnership with the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, which serves as a second site for fellowship training and offers fellows the opportunity to manage an inpatient hospice unit as well as provide palliative consultation across both acute and long-term care settings. We have partnered with local hospices in the Richmond community to ensure a comprehensive hospice experience for our trainees. To complement our variety of training settings, we allow generous elective time for fellows to develop their interests within the field of palliative care and engage in scholarly activity. At VCU we are committed to the personal and professional development of our palliative care fellows, and provide them with the training necessary to meet the palliative needs of patients in any setting. Thank you for your interest in our program, and please contact me if you have additional questions.

Danielle Noreika, MD
Medical Director, Inpatient Palliative Care Services
Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care Department of Intern