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Texas Tech Palliative Care Fellowship

Department of Family & Community Medicine • Lubbock

palliative care

Program Vision

Train fellows who will be competent in all areas of patient and family care in the fields of both Hospice and Palliative Care to become clinician leaders for the institutions in which they will work.

Educational Strengths

It is the overall goal of this fellowship to produce doctors that are competent in all aspects of fields of Hospice and Palliative Care.  The fellows will be exposed to and work within teams who have built practices of excellence in these areas.  We will use the guidelines provided in Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care as the key map of what objectives to pursue.  Lubbock is uniquely prepared to accomplish these goals as we have the following components present:

  1. Faculty have key leadership roles locally including serving as hospice medical directors, in patient palliative care directors and core hospital leadership.  Fellows will gain system-based practice experience with exposure to the role of medical director.
  2. Fellows will receive excellent training in pediatric hospice care.
  3. Fellows have a one-on-one community hospice assignment with a medical director providing direct mentoring.
  4. Both hospitals and all community hospice assignments include in-patient units, allowing excellent training in in-patient hospice and palliative care.
  5. The fellows will spend 6 months with a successful in-patient palliative care consult service at a community hospital, allowing excellent training with a multi-discipline team and unique services such as consultation to the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units and consultation as part of the trauma team at the hospital.
  6. The program features a didactic series modeled after educational leadership being provided by the Palliative Care Education Project of Harvard University.
  7. Most of the physicians with whom the fellows will be working are Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, including the hospice director and the palliative care physician leader.


It is the intent of the educators of this program not only to model patient and family care, but also to model how to provide leadership for the hospice and palliative care movement in the areas in which they work in the future.  This program offers direct training in the aspects of being a medical director, in how to produce quality improvement programs and scholarly pursuits, and in personal growth and development of leadership skills.


  • Graduate of an Accredited Program in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology/Psychiatry, Surgery, Radiology, Anethesiology, or Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Must be licensable in the State of Texas
  • USMLE passed in the first two attempts for each step
  • International Medical Graduates: Only Visa acceptable is J1 Visa
  • Application Deadline: September 1


Contact Letty Cunningham for an application:


Mail your application to:

Family & Community Medicine Palliative Care Fellowship
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, MS 8143
Lubbock, TX 79430

Or email it to:


  • Odyssey Hospice
  • Covenant Medical Center (teaching hospital)
  • Hospice of Lubbock
  • Texas Tech Physicians’ Pavilion
  • University Medical Center (teaching hospital)
  • Accolade Home Health
  • Hospice of the South Plains
  • Carillon LifeCare Community (long-term care)


  • Kelly L. Klein, MD
    Program Director, Palliative Care
  • R. Michael Ragain, MD
    Sr. Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, UMC
  • Betsy Goebel Jones, EdD
    Women’s Health & Family Medicine Research Director
  • Melanie Oblender MD
    Pediatrics- Palliative Care
  • Deborah Hunt, RN
    Covenant-Palliative Care
  • Doyle Patterson
    Covenant-Palliative Care
  • Elizabeth Abraham
    Hospice of Lubbock


Feel free to contact the Department of Family & Community Medicine with any questions you may have:

Family Medicine
Palliative Care Fellowship
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, MS 8143
Lubbock, TX 79430

Download the brochure for the Palliative Care Fellowship here:

Palliative Care Fellowship Brochure


Meet Our Palliative Care Fellows Here

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