Research and Teaching
For most palliative care clinicians teaching is a significant part of his/her work. Common audiences for palliative care physicians include: residents and medical students as well as hospital staff and community members. As such our fellows are encouraged to teach and to develop their teaching skills and tools during their fellowship year. The MMC department of Medical Education provides extensive opportunities for teachers of all levels to expand their skills. Fellows are encouraged to partake in these conferences, courses and sessions when able.
A distinguishing feature of the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship is its Association with the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, (CORE) at Maine Medical Center. The Associate Director of CORE, Dr. Kathleen Fairfield, is also the Research Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Division. Through this relationship, there are multiple opportunities for the Fellow to engage in research activities pertinent to palliative medicine. The Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Maine Medical Center is the Health Services Research arm of the MMC Research Institute. Much of the research done at CORE involves analysis of large databases, including the Medicare database and a database of injuries created by funding from the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, a broad range of other research opportunities are available.
All fellows are expected to complete a research project. Projects will very depending on the particular fellow’s areas of interest. In the recent past fellows have done quality improvement projects, quantitative research, and developed business models to use in future work environments.