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Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at HCA Florida North Florida Hospital

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Welcome from our team

Thank you for your interest in the HCA Florida North Florida Hospital Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program in Gainesville, Florida. With the objective of developing experts in the field and ensuring that patients with serious illnesses receive expert and appropriate care, the program offers a variety of clinical rotations, educational experiences and scholarly/research opportunities.

  • ACGME: 5401112121
  • NRMP: 1587540F0

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For more information, please contact our program coordinator.

Program overview

  • Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Medical school affiliation: University of Central Florida School of Medicine
  • Program type: community-based
  • Resident positions: two physicians accepted per year

Thank you for your interest in the North Florida Regional Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training Program in Gainesville, Florida.

We are very excited to announce our initial accreditation by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical education. Our program is a one-year ACGME-accredited training program in the Department of Family Medicine.

With the objective of developing experts in the field and ensuring that patients with serious illnesses receive expert and appropriate care, the program offers a variety of clinical rotations, educational experiences, and scholarly/research opportunities.

Working within interdisciplinary teams is an integral part of our fellowship. Fellows have opportunities throughout the year to teach medical students, residents, other fellows and interdisciplinary team members.

This training program prepares physicians to competently work in both the palliative care and hospice setting.

Our Program Director

Our team is comprised of skilled experts with deep experience and knowledge from which residents and fellows can benefit.

Kristin Scott, MD Program Director

Program details


Fellows in ACGME accredited programs sponsored by the Consortium have many of the same benefits as regular UCF employees. However, there are differences in the retirement plans and the leave policy for fellows.

The following salary are for the fiscal year 2021-2022 and may differ from future years' salaries.

  • PGY4: 60,668


  • 20 days paid vacation per year
  • 10 days paid sick time per year
  • Up to 5 days of continuing education (conference attendance, fellowship interviews, board review, etc.)
  • Denial of a specific request for vacation is a leadership decision on the part of the officers of the program and is not considered a grievance

The Human Resources website for UCF provides many details of the types of insurance provided to residents.

  • Medical insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Other supplemental policies
Malpractice coverage

Residents are provided with Professional Liability Coverage for $200,000/$1,000,000.

Technology devices

Residents will be issued an iPhone and laptop. Items will be returned at the conclusion of the residency. Please note that these items are not meant to be used for personal calls or activities.


The cost for training licenses in the state of Florida will be paid by the program. Residents receive a "fee exempt" DEA certificate during their training, which can only be used at training sites.

Life support training

Costs incurred for obtaining required life support training (basic life support, pediatric advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation program and advanced trauma life support), including any required renewals are covered by the program.


Fellows may park in any area that is not designated as patient/visitor parking. This includes available spaces with the covered parking structures at the Medical Arts Building and the Main Entrance. Parking is always available in the GME lot, which is a short walk to the hospital.


Residents are provided lunch during most educational activities that occur over the lunch hour. Residents also receive a monthly $100 stipend, referred to as Knight Bites, that they can use within the hospital cafeteria/shops for snacks and meals.

Resident call rooms

The call rooms located in the basement of the Women's Center are dedicated to the use of the residents and fellows. There are 11 call rooms and several shower facilities available. There is also a lounge area with outlets for charging electronics. This is available when not in use for group or individual program activities.

VPN accounts

VPN accounts are provided for home access to our hospital's medical records and library resources.

Mission statement

The HCA Florida North Florida Hospital Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program's mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.

As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer fellows a rewarding, educational environment where they are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring fellows' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding fellows’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.

Frequently asked questions about our Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

You can find answers to the most common questions about our program below.


How many fellow are accepted each year?

We are ACGME-accredited for up to 2 fellows per year.

What is your accreditation status?

We have received initial accreditation effective April 13, 2018.

Do you offer medical student rotation?

Learn about other medical student rotation opportunities.

Do you have a USMLE/COMLEX score requirement?

There is no specific requirement, but the recruitment committee will take scores into consideration when reviewing applications. Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 must be passed prior to applying for fellowship.

Is completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program required to apply to the fellowship?

Yes. Please refer to the ACGME eligibility requirements for Hospice and Palliative Medicine program requirements.

Is the program university or community based?

Our program is university-sponsored and community-based. We are affiliated with the University of Central Florida. Fellows will be rotating at North Florida Regional Medical Center, a 510-bed community hospital. Fellows will also rotate at PALMS Medical Clinic, which has locations in Gainesville, Florida and Trenton, Florida.

When will my insurance take effect?

Insurance will be available with a July 1 start date as long as you pay the first month in advance (prior to the fellowship starting, further details to come). Otherwise, your health insurance benefits will begin on August 1st.

Which types of benefits do you offer?

Learn more about our benefits information.