Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Hospice and palliative medicine fellows standing together outside

The one-year Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program at the University of Minnesota trains our fellows to be expert hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) clinicians who will serve our community with empathy, cultural humility, and intellectual curiosity by caring for those affected by serious illness at all stages and ages as a resilient member of an interprofessional team.


Training includes broad-based exposure to both adult palliative medicine in community and academic settings with well-established interdisciplinary palliative care teams. 

The fellowship is a one-year program accredited by the ACGME and boasts a 100% board pass rate.

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Clinical Settings

University of Minnesota Medical Center

  • Inpatient consult service
  • Quaternary care center
    • ECMO program, LVAD program, BMT, solid organ transplant

Hennepin Healthcare 

  • Hennepin County safety net teaching hospital
  • Serves patients from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • Collaborative interdisciplinary consult team
  • Opportunity to work with other learners

Regions Hospital

  • Inpatient consult service
  • Level 1 trauma center

HealthPartners Hospice

  • Large Hospice

M Health Palliative Care Clinic

  • Fellow continuity clinic in adult track
  • Embedded in the cancer center
  • Referrals from cardiology, pulmonology, and neurology

VA Medical Center

  • Palliative Care Unit
  • Extensive interprofessional team including psychologist and pharmacist

Children’s Hospital and Clinics Minneapolis

  • Established pain and palliative care team
  • Pediatric continuity clinic

Gillette Children’s

Masonic Children’s

Current Fellows

Paul Dixon

Paul Dixon, MD

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Residency: Family medicine, University of Minnesota St. John's Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

Jeffrey Gonzalez

Jeffrey Gonzalez, MD

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Residency: Emergency medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center

Danielle Hart

Danielle Hart, MD

Medical School: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Residency: Emergency medicine, Hennepin Healthcare

Alberto Orioles

Alberto Orioles, MD

Medical School: Università degli Studi di Udine Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Italy

Residency: Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Rosemary Ramp

Rosemary Ramp, MD

Medical School: University of Texas at San Antonio

Residency: Internal medicine/pediatrics, University of Minnesota

Chas Salmen, MD

Chas Salmen, MD

Medical School: University of California-San Francisco

Residency: Family medicine, University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency


Mailing address:

420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 381

Minneapolis, MN 5545

Office address:

6-240 Phillips-Wangensteen Building

516 Delaware St SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Annette Nijjar, MD





Annette Nijjar, MD

Program Director


Matt Loosbrock





Matt Loosbrock

Program Coordinator




Hospice and palliative medicine fellow graduates and program director

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship graduates, class of 2023, with Program Director Annette Nijjar, MD (center)