Scripps Expands Graduate Medical Education for Aging Populations


Last year, Scripps partnered with the University of California, San Diego, to create the UCSD/Scripps Health Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. The highly specialized, collaborative program is part of a training legacy that began at San Diego Hospice in 2000. The fellowship was accredited by the Accrediting Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2008, when Scripps Mercy Hospital partnered with San Diego Hospice as the sponsoring institution. In 2013, Scripps Mercy Hospital became the primary teaching site for the fellowship, and in 2015, the program transitioned to the UCSD Graduate Medical Education Department.

“We are proud to continue this long tradition of training excellence, working with our community partners to meet both today’s and tomorrow’s health care needs,” says Holly Yang, MD, Scripps co-director of the UCSD/ Scripps Health Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. “As our patients continue to age and live longer, it’s vital that the next generation of doctors is able to address the special needs associated with serious and life-threatening illnesses.”

The program is designed specifically for physicians seeking a subspecialty in hospice and palliative medicine, and equips fellows to practice in diverse settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, patients’ homes and long-term care facilities. In this unique partnership that features a combined faculty, UCSD and Scripps share responsibility for the fellows. Trainees spend equal time at both institutions for learning experiences that maximize the benefits of each health care system.

The hospice/palliative care fellowship complements Scripps’ broad range of graduate medical education programs available through Scripps Mercy Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital and the Scripps Family Practice Residency Program. In 2015, Scripps had 167 residents and fellows enrolled throughout its system.