Contact Us

For more information on our program, please contact Rayna Saint-Jean, our program coordinator.

Email Rayna Saint-Jean

How to Apply

ACGME: 5401112121

NRMP: 1587540F0

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Mission Statement

The North Florida Regional Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training 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 residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents 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 the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

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.

Two physicians are accepted into the program per year.

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, fellows and interdisciplinary team members.

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

Get to Know the Team

Geraldine Bichier, MD Program Director

Salary & Benefits Information

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 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 for home access to our hospital's medical records and library resources.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

We are ACGME-accredited for up to 2 fellows per year
We have received initial accreditation effective April 13th, 2018.
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.
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, FL and Trenton, FL.
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 1.