For more information on our program, please contact Travis Shepard, our program coordinator.
How to Apply
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.
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.
- 15 days paid vacation per year
- 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
- 10 days paid sick time per year
- Up to 5 days continuing education (conference attendance, fellowship interviews, board review, etc.)
Up to three months may be taken for personal/family emergencies (FMLA). Salaries/benefits are stopped during this time and you may be required to make up this time at the end of your residency.
It is strongly encouraged that residents review the board eligibility requirements for their own specialty. Many boards require 33 months of training. Paid leave (e.g., vacation, sick) cannot be accumulated or carried over from contract year to contract year. It is at the discretion of the program director to require verification from a clinical provider.
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
Residents are provided with Professional Liability Coverage for $200,000/$1,000,000.
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.
Fellows may purchase meals in the cafeteria at a 25% discount.
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 for home access to our hospital's medical records and library resources.