Palliative Care Social Work Fellowship Program

Please note: The deadline for application submissions for the 2019-2020 fellowship cycle is Monday April 22, 2019.


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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 and their 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.

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.

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 clinical social work fellowship runs concurrently with the palliative medicine fellowship. 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 have been 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. 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, department planning meetings, and activities that focus on care of the team. This program is designed to train leaders in palliative care clinical social work, with an emphasis on collaboration and advocacy.

The fellowship is fulltime for a period of twelve months. The next cycle will begin on or about July 1, 2019. 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. View more information regarding the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must have a Masters in Social Work degree from an accredited school of social work by the time the fellowship begins. 
  2. The applicants 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. 
  3. 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.)
  4. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, permanent resident status, or be in possession of a J-1 visa at the time of application.


The twelve month, fulltime fellowship includes a stipend of $31,200 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 either in one packet by mail OR in one email. Paper applications need to be sent by USPS mail delivery and not another mail delivery service. An email will be sent to each applicant confirming receipt of all required materials.

Please view this document for more information about applying to test for licensure through Minnesota. This is especially relevant for candidates who are from states that do not allow testing before graduation.

The deadline for application submissions for the 2019-2020 fellowship cycle is Monday April 22, 2019.


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 early April.

For information regarding licensure in Minnesota, please visit the Minnesota Board of Social Work website.

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:

Brooke Kaney, MSW, LICSW
University of Minnesota Medical Center MMC # 181
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Telephone: 612-273-6191