Palliative Social Work Fellowship at MedStar Washington
Our interprofessional palliative training program offers a one-year program (July-June) in which a social work fellow has the unique opportunity to engage in interprofessional education alongside four physician fellows and one nurse practitioner fellow, sharing didactic and workshop experiences and partnering for clinical visits.
By the end of the year, the social work fellow will demonstrate competency in a number of domains, including but not limited to:
- Grief, loss, and bereavement support
- Advance care planning
- Spiritual, religious, existential, and cultural aspects of care
- Assessing and completing comprehensive psychosocial assessments
- Comprehensive training and practice in a wide range of palliative settings
- Unique interprofessional curriculum taught by expert palliative care faculty
- Clinical rotations across hospice and palliative care settings
- Accelerated development of evidence-based clinical competences with a high degree of supervised independence
- Clinical Supervision for licensing
- Structured training and mentorship from experienced palliative care clinicians
- Fellows will develop and conduct research in a supervised setting, acquiring academic in addition to clinical experience.
- Preparation to sit for the Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker – Certified (APHSW-C) exam
Fellows participate in a variety of educational experiences throughout the year, including:
- Case conferences allow fellows to debrief and learn from ongoing difficult cases
- Lectures from faculty and disease state experts
- Journal club to explore the most up to date and landmark literature in the field
- Communication Workshops to practice crucial communication skills
- Quality & Safety Conferences, to review the quality and safety aspects of our patient care
- Capstone Presentations
- Elective opportunities
- Now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year!
- Master’s degree from an accredited social work school
- Active Washington, D.C., social work license or eligibility to obtain D.C. license at time of offer
- Unofficial graduate school transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
- Resume or CV
- Personal statement (1-2 pages) delineating how a palliative care fellowship aligns with overall career goals
- Please email Nina Laing LICSW (Nina.E.Laing@medstar.net) with application documents and program-related questions. Applications will be accepted beginning in January 2024 until March 10, 2024 for fellowship beginning the following July.
"The faculty here is amazing. Having so many different people to work with has been one of the really great learning experiences for me. It has really given me a breadth of what palliative care looks like."
-Clara VanGerven, LCSW, Program Graduate 2020