Palliative Care Social Work Fellowship Program
Fairview's mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve. We commit our skills and resources to the benefit of the whole person by providing the finest in health care while addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and their families. We further pledge to support the research and education efforts of our partner, the University of Minnesota, and its tradition of excellence.
The goals of Fairview’s Palliative Care Program are to deliver state of the art palliative care through specialized interdisciplinary teams while improving the quality of care for patients and their families throughout Fairview. Palliative Care staff work with the patient’s physician and other members of the health care team to help relieve physical, spiritual and emotional suffering. Care is centered on the unique needs of each patient. It seeks to promote the highest quality of life and comfort while honoring the traditions and beliefs of the patient and family. Care to patients and families is provided in accordance with the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care (National Consensus Project, 2004).
In 2003, Fairview Health Services was designated one of six national Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLCs) by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These premier programs host site visits, including training and technical assistance for hospitals and other institutions seeking to start or strengthen their own palliative care programs. Funding was received from the JEHT Foundation with a match from the Fairview Foundation to continue this work.
The Palliative Care Program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center provides a rich learning environment for a variety of learners in the medical professions. A twelve month medical fellowship program in Palliative Medicine began in July, 2008. The clinicla social work fellowhip runs concurrently with the palliative medicine fellowhip. Clinical rotations with the inpatient consult service are offered to medical students, residents, and fellows in other medical specialties. Specialized training in Palliative Care is also offered to chaplains and students in advanced practice nursing programs. Master of Social Work interns are offered field placement with the service as well.
Palliative Care Clinical Social Work Fellowship Program Description
A postgraduate Clinical Social Work Fellowship in Palliative Care is offered through the Palliative Care Program of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. The fellowship is a training program that is part of a set of comprehensive palliative care clinical services and interdisciplinary professional training services. Supervised clinical social work experience is provided on an inpatient interdisciplinary consultation service and in an outpatient palliative care clinic. Additional learning opportunities are available based on the fellow’s experience and areas of professional interest. The fellow participates in palliative care team rounds and case discussions, teaching rounds, fellow didactics, journal club, palliative care trainings, and department planning meetings. This program is designed to train leaders in palliative care clinical social work, with an emphasis on advocacy.
The fellowship is fulltime for a period of twelve months. The next cycle begins July 1, 2014, and ends June 30, 2015. In addition to providing clinical social work interventions in both inpatient and outpatient settings, it is expected that the fellow will choose and develop a clinical project. This project should have direct and/or indirect benefit to patients and families and should include an educational component for other staff.
Training in clinical hypnosis will be provided to the fellow in early June through attendance at the annual training sponsored by the University of Minnesota Continuing Medical Education and the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (prior to the start of the fellowship) if the fellow is able to attend. Clinical supervision in the fellowship will then include supervision of clinical hypnosis skill development. Further information regarding the training in clinical hypnosis is available here:
To be eligible for the fellowship the applicant must have a Masters in Social Work degree from an accredited school of social work by the time the fellowship begins. The applicant must demonstrate interest in the area of palliative care and intent to use the fellowship training not only to increase her/his skills in clinical social work in the area of palliative care but also to contribute to the field and improve services to patients and their families. The fellow must be licensed to practice social work in the state of Minnesota (at the LGSW, LISW, or LICSW level) before the start of the fellowship. (Note: Graduating MSWs who have passed the licensing exam by the deadline application are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Please see additional information under the section “Application Process and Timelines” below.)
The twelve month, fulltime fellowship includes a stipend of $29,000 and benefits, including Paid Time Off (accrued at 7.4 hours per two week full time pay period) and health insurance (toward which the fellow must contribute, amount depending on the option chosen).
Application Process and Timelines
Applicants must submit all application materials (see Palliative Care Social Work Fellowship Application (PDF)) together in one packet by April 15, 2014. Applications should be delivered in paper form, not electronically. A small group of finalists will be asked to interview for the fellowship in late April/early May. A final decision for awarding the fellowship will be made by mid May.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CURRENT MSW STUDENTS: All applicants are required to pass the graduate MSW licensure exam prior to the interview process for finalists. For students enrolled in an MSW program in a state that does not allow students to test prior to graduation, an application for licensure in the state of Minnesota can be initiated. This will allow you to receive permission to test (which does not have to be done in Minnesota, as it is a national test). Please start that process early enough to allow you to take the test by mid April.
For information regarding licensure in Minnesota, please visit the Minnesota Board of Social Work web site.
For More Information
For questions or further information please contact the coordinator for the Palliative Care Clinical Social Work Fellowship and clinical supervisor for the program:
Dot Landis, ACSW, LICSW
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
MMC # 181 420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455