Facilities

Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center

St. Vincent is home to four Life Flight air ambulances, holds the highest designation for treating high risk mothers and babies, Comprehensive Stroke Center and is a Level I Trauma Center for adults and Level II for children. 

Located on the St. Vincent campus are orthopedics, Mercy Health Regional Heart and Vascular Institute, Mercy Health Neuroscience Institute and the area’s only Mobile Stroke Unit. St. Vincent provides a modern, attractive and secure campus and takes a leadership role in providing quality medical education and community development.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio

Hospice of Northwest Ohio is the largest hospice and palliative care provider in the region. All faculty are certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, providing fellow supervision 24/7. 

Orchard Villa Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility

Orchard Villa Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility will provide long-term care experience and will be longitudinally incorporated into the program, comprising at least the equivalent of one month of total experience. 

Rotation Schedule

Our curriculum focus includes the clinical and theoretical aspects of hospice and palliative medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Fellows will complete eight months of required training, including:

  • Inpatient acute care
  • Inpatient hospice
  • Hospice home care
  • Palliative care continuity clinic
  • Pediatric experience
  • Long-term care
  • Electives

The intent of the program is to individualize training within the framework of the ACGME guidelines to optimize each fellow’s ability to achieve excellence in hospice and palliative medicine. Fellows will attend the annual AAHPM assembly and an annual local palliative care conference.

Fellows will spend five months at our own site, Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center, in the Palliative Care Unit and acute care consults. According to ACGME requirements, you must see at least 100 new patients over the course of the program, follow 10 patients longitudinally across settings and have one month or 100 hours of long-term care experience. St. Vincent Medical Center has a full panoply of palliative care and related specialist faculty members to provide one-on-one and progressive supervision. Our simulation center provides state-of-the-art educational experiences, including simulation scenarios dedicated to palliative care and end-of-life decisions.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio will take up two months of your fellowship working in inpatient acute care as well as hospice home care. Additional ACGME requirements include performing at least 25 hospice home visits through a Medicare-certified program to include pediatrics. Hospice of Northwest Ohio is the largest hospice and palliative care provider in the region. All faculty are certified in hospice and palliative care medicine, providing fellow supervision 24/7. You will gain valuable skills in home care, pain and symptom control, palliative care, bereavement and emotional/spiritual support training, as well as experience in administering a hospice medical practice.

Orchard Villa Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility will provide long-term care experience and will be longitudinally incorporated into the program, comprising at least the equivalent of one-month total experience. You will gain unique experiences needed to become competent in the transition necessary for palliative care and hospice patients from acute care hospitals to home.

On Wednesday mornings each week, fellows will work in the St. Anne Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic. This clinic helps chronically ill patients maintain a high quality of life at home. The clinic sees patients who may need to discuss their goals of care and require medications or techniques that relieve symptoms. They can also get access to chaplains, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists.

Electives

Elective options include:
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Infectious Disease

Didactic Curriculum

Fellows will attend and present at monthly Journal Clubs, didactic core lectures, research seminars and other communication skills workshops during the course of their fellowship.

Publications and Presentations

Ravikumar, R., Ross, A., Khan, M.S., et al. (2021, May 21). Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of the Bladder Presenting as Malignant Pleural Effusion: A Rare Presentation of Bladder Adenocarcinoma. Cureus, 13(5):e15152, doi:10.7759/cureus.15152

Stausmire, J.M., Paul, M. (2021, August). Religious Harm and Finding Forgiveness. Am J Hosp Palliat Care, 38(8):1057-1058. Doi:10.1177/1049909120963602

Lateef, T., Hines, C., Stausmire, J.M. (2018). Opioid Screening & Monitoring in the Palliative Care Clinic: An Attempt at Standardization (Q1720). Presentation at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care.