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Palliative Care Fellowship

The University of Kansas Medical Center is now partnering with North Kansas City Hospital to offer a fellowship in palliative care. The fellowship includes study with James Stoddard, DO, and Beth Thomas, MD, in their comprehensive Supportive Care Clinic at NKCH.

“The new collaboration with NKCH makes our fellowship program one of the most comprehensive nationally,” says Lindy Landzaat, DO, fellowship medical director at The University of Kansas Medical Center. “We have a good balance between hospice and palliative care, and graduates of this program are well prepared. The partnership benefits both patients and physicians.”

The Program

Three full-time, 1-year fellowships are available annually to physicians recently out of residency as well as practicing physicians who are able to spend 1 year away from their practice to focus on palliative care. Many providers practice palliative care on a regular basis, and the fellowship affords the opportunity to increase their specialized training. After completing the program, physicians are board-eligible in palliative care.

At NKCH, the supportive care team directs training. Last year, the team changed its name from “palliative care” to “supportive care” to encompass a broader group of patients. The training involves consults with 3 groups of patient subsets:

45% - De-escalation of aggressive treatment in seriously ill patients  

35% - Goal setting and symptom management for seriously ill patients who desire aggressive treatment  

20% - Symptom management for chronically ill patients

“This fellowship offers broad experience in palliative care and supportive care,” says Dr. Stoddard with Meritas Health North Kansas City. “We are moving more ‘upstream’ to discuss goals of patients with serious illnesses rather than solely focusing on end-of-life care. Our work encompasses patients’ families, both attending and consulting physicians, and primary care physicians.”  The team-based training includes physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains who coordinate care with specialists and PCPs.

The Demand

The demand for physicians certified in palliative care continues to grow, especially with the aging population. A core element of this fellowship program includes training physicians how to teach others the art of palliative care. Due to the program’s emphasis on goal setting and enhancing expertise in symptom management, specially-trained physicians can have an even greater impact on their patients and communities.

Learn more about this program, contact Dr. Landzaat or call 913.588.3807. 

To learn more about the Supportive Care Clinic at NKCH, contact Dr. Stoddard at 816.421.4240.

James Stoddard, DO

James Stoddard, DO

Beth Thomas, MD

Beth Thomas, MD