Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training Program

Program Director:
Molly E. Collins, MD
Alison Rhoades, MDCurrent Fellow:
Alison Rhoades, MD

The Palliative Care Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship in partnership with the Hospice of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia (VNA) and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Our mission is to train leaders and clinicians in the care of patients with serious illnesses. Fellows will benefit from exposure to a wide diversity of patients, practicing palliative care with experienced interdisciplinary teams at several different practice sites. Each year one trainee will be accepted into the program.

This fellowship will be ideal for trainees seeking a deep knowledge of palliative care within oncology. A culture of nursing excellence, patient advocacy and patient-centered care make Fox Chase a superb place to learn the collaborative, interdisciplinary field of palliative care.  The partnership with Temple University Hospital and Hospice of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia will expand each fellow’s experiences caring for patients in a busy, urban, academic hospital, a busy hospice inpatient unit, and in the homes of patients throughout the Philadelphia area. Fellows will participate in an ongoing educational curriculum and quality improvement initiatives during their fellowship year.  Fellows will have one-on-one mentorship and opportunities to participate in clinical research.

Please see our resource guide for further information about our curriculum.

Core Rotations

Fellows may design elective experiences to meet their career and learning goals.



Please visit the Temple University Hospital Recruitment page for information on benefit synopsis with current stipend, sample contract, medical licensure examination requirement policy, and other helpful information. 

Application Process

We participate in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), and the Match is conducted through NRMP (National Resident Matching Program). Deadlines and additional information may be found on the NRMP website.

Prior to appointment in a program, fellows must have completed an ACGME - or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) - accredited program in child neurology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, or neurology; or at least three clinical years in an ACGME - or AOA - accredited graduate educational program in one of the following specialties: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, radiation oncology, radiology, or surgery.

Other information

H1B and J1 visas are accepted provided they cover the period of your fellowship training.

Contact Information

Molly Collins, MD
Program Director

Barbara Dalglish
GME Senior Program Administrator​

Department of Hematology/Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497
Phone: 215-728-3545
Fax: 215-728-3639

Stephanie Zankman, DO
About Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Center includes a 100-bed hospital devoted entirely to cancer patients, an outpatient center which includes a facility for clinical cancer prevention and research, one of the oldest and most nationally recognized high risk programs in the country, and the Institute for Cancer Research.  The Center has a residency in radiation oncology, as well as fellowship programs in a variety of areas, including medical oncology and urologic oncology. The Center is also home to an SSO-approved General Surgical Oncology Fellowship. Residents from Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine and other regional institutions also rotate at the Center.

About Temple University Health System

Temple University Health System (TUHS) is a $1.6 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research.   The Health System consists of Temple University Hospital (TUH); TUH – Jeanes Campus; TUH-Episcopal Campus; TUH-Northeastern Campus; Fox Chase Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center;  Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company; and Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary-care physician practices. 

TUHS is affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), established in 1901, is one of the nation’s leading medical schools.  Each year, the School of Medicine educates approximately 840 medical students and 140 graduate students. Based on its level of funding from the National Institutes of Health, Temple University School of Medicine is the second-highest ranked medical school in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Temple Health refers to the health, education and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple University Health System (TUHS) and by the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.  TUHS neither provides nor controls the provision of health care. All health care is provided by its member organizations or independent health care providers affiliated with TUHS member organizations. Each TUHS member organization is owned and operated pursuant to its governing documents.

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