The Division of Palliative Care offers an accredited one-year in Fellowship Palliative Care ProgramApplications are accepted only through the"Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Division of Palliative Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-4868
Fax: (505) 272-9134

Education Programs

We offer medical student, resident, nursing and faculty education on palliative care, end of life care, pain and symptom management. Palliative care is integrated into the four-year curriculum at UNM School of Medicine that includes palliative care lectures, tutorials, OSCEs, hospice experience. Dr. Devon Neale accomplishes these activities through participating in the curriculum committee.

Palliative Care: Medical Students

Phase I

  • Didactic Lectures in Blocks: 6 hours
    • Genetics/Neoplasia
    • Neuroscience
    • CV/Pulmonary
  • Transition Block tutor: 18 hours
  • PIM: Care Beyond Cure: 7.5 hours
  • PIE Narrative: 4 Hours

Phase II

  • IM Clerkship: orientation Death and Dying every 6 weeks: 6 hours/year
  • Death Rounds: every three weeks: 12 hours/year

Faculty Development

  • Medical Educators Scholars Program facilitator: 12 hours/month or 98 hrs/year.

Graduate Medical Education

House Officer training in communicating bad news, death disclosure, advanced directives, pain and non-pain symptom management, hospice referral, bereavement and spiritual issues. Currently, all Internal Medicine and Family Practice residents have palliative care exposure in a one month Geriatrics rotation, but this needs to be further developed, e.g., a one week intensive experience in the academic issues faced in end of life care which may be followed by a clinical experience.

Fellowship Rotations with the Palliative Care Team

  • Geriatric Fellows experience a month rotation
  • Oncology Fellows experience a month rotation
  • Anesthesiology Fellows experience two week rotation 
  • Pain Fellows experience a two week rotation