VA Interprofessional Fellowship in Palliative Care: 15 Years of Training Excellence

Ryan Weller, Jennifer Healy, Debbie L. Hettler, Judith L. Howe, Heather M. Smith, M. Jillisa Steckart, Vyjeyanthi S. Periyakoil

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Since 2002, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has provided a unique training opportunity in palliative care at six VA medical centers. The VA Interprofessional Fellowship in Palliative Care has trained chaplains, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, psychologists, and social workers to provide clinical palliative care and to develop as leaders in the profession. This article describes the program’s origin, mission, outcomes, and lessons learned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-98
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Fellowship
  • interprofessional
  • palliative care
  • veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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