Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Program Overview

The Partners in Advanced Care Team (PACT) at Nemours Children’s Hospital Delaware in affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University is offering a 1-year clinical fellowship to train physicians in pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

In this fellowship, you will develop an expertise in the prevention and management of suffering amongst patients (and their caregivers) who are facing serious illness. Graduates will satisfy requirements for board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Our Fellowship Program

Our program, which leverages the diverse strengths of the largest pediatric and adult health systems in Delaware, will give you experience in providing direct patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Fellows will participate in the care of a wide array of patients, including multi-visceral organ transplant candidates, intensive care patients in the NICU, PICU, CICU, bone marrow transplant candidates and patients with chronic complex conditions. Education is enhanced through boot camp, didactic sessions, communication training workshops, clinical conferences, journal clubs and ethics conferences. Fellows should also expect to participate on the Ethics Committee as part of their education.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for one trainee beyond the third postgraduate year (PGY 3) level and can accommodate candidates completing residencies in pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics (med/peds), or pediatric subspecialty fellowships at the appropriate PGY level.

During the one-year fellowship, the clinical experiences include:

  • Inpatient pediatric palliative medicine consultation service at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware
  • Inpatient adult palliative medicine consultation service at ChristianaCare Health System (CCHS)
  • Perinatal palliative care consultations at CCHS
  • Inpatient palliative care/hospice unit at AccentCare and Delaware Hospice in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware
  • Home hospice rotation with Delaware Hospice in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Long-term care experience at multiple pediatric facilities in Delaware and Pennsylvania
  • Diverse ambulatory experiences will be offered in both the pediatric and adult setting

Salary & Benefits


  • PGY 1: $70,860
  • PGY 2: $73,694
  • PGY 3: $76,642
  • PGY 4: $79,708
  • PGY 5: $82,896
  • PGY 6: $86,212
  • PGY 7: $89,660
  • PGY 8: $93,247


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Malpractice insurance

About Our Hospital in Delaware

The Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware is a multispecialty, tertiary care teaching institution located on a 300-acre estate in the scenic Brandywine Valley in Wilmington, Del.

Among the hospital’s amenities for all staff are:

  • Free parking
  • Park-like setting
  • Gym/fitness center
  • On-site child care center for children of staff

Living in Delaware Valley

Because of our location in the tri-state area of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we offer unique living/working opportunities. For example, you can choose to live in the downtown Philadelphia area and easily commute to our park-like hospital campus in Wilmington.

Explore Wilmington

Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware is located in Wilmington, Del., about 30 minutes from center city Philadelphia, and an easy drive to Baltimore, Lancaster County, Pa. (“Amish Country”), and the beaches in Atlantic City and Delaware. There is much to do in and around the city, including mansion and garden tours, museums, breweries, wineries, fine restaurants and numerous state parks.

Learn More About Delaware:

Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

Delaware Tourism

Delaware’s Beaches

Explore Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States and offers a wealth of historical, cultural and recreational opportunities. From world-class museums to its professional sports teams to the colorful, bustling districts of South Street, Chinatown and the Italian Market, Philadelphia has something for everyone.

Learn More About the Philadelphia Area:

New Jersey Beaches

Pennsylvania Mountains

Train With Recognized Leaders

If you’re looking for a rewarding program built on academic excellence and family-centered care, Nemours Children's offers outstanding medical, surgical, pharmacy, nursing, therapy and psychology programs. Train with faculty who are respected leaders in their fields, a patient care model that stands apart and access to groundbreaking research. 

Meet Our Clinical Leadership

Carly Levy, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM

Program Director

Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Learn More About Dr. Levy

Ricki Carroll, MD

Assistant Program Director

Pediatric Complex Care
Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Learn Abourt Dr. Carroll

Meet Our Program Faculty

Elissa Miller, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM
Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine


Juliana H. O'Brien, MSN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner


Mindy Dickerman, MD
Pediatric Critical Care
Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Heather Fackelman, DO
Diagnostic Referral Service


Amelia Hayes, CCLS, MPH
Child Life Specialist


Katie Parisio, DO


Pamela Wat, M.Div.
Palliative Care Chaplain

Our Fellow

Gabriel Chain, MD

Apply Today

Application Requirements:

Deadline: October 15, 2023

Training Begins: July 1, 2024

1. Submit application electronically using ERAS

2. NRMP match

3. Curriculum vitae

4. Personal statement

5. Medical school transcript

6. United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores (all 3 levels)

7. Three letters of recommendation

8. Preferred candidates will be board eligible or board-certified by an ABMS-recognized board

Application and Qualifications:

1. Required qualifications for pediatric track:

  • Completion of an ACGME-approved residency in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics or Pediatrics
  • Board eligible or board-certified in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics or Pediatrics

2. Applicants from other subspecialty training programs could also be considered and are welcome to reach out to the Program Director.


How to Apply:

  • Fellowship applications must be submitted online through the Electronic Residency Application Program (ERAS).
  • Submitted applications should include three letters of recommendation (including one from a residency program director or current employer) and a curriculum vitae.
  • Interviews will be conducted in the fall.

Questions About Applying?

Carly Levy, MD
Program Director
(302) 651-4863

Lindsey Killian
Program Coordinator
(302) 298-8820