Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program at Broward Health North consists of comprehensive training in all aspects of palliative care, with the approach of teaching both primary and specialty palliative care, as well providing a solid background in management of patients requiring hospice services.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program at Broward Health North consists of comprehensive training in all aspects of palliative care, with the approach of teaching both primary and specialty palliative care, as well providing a solid background in management of patients requiring hospice services.


Preeya Desh, MD


Bibiana Avendano, MHA, MPH



Welcome from Program Director

Welcome to the Hospice and Palliative Care (HPM) Fellowship Program at Broward Health North. This one-year program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is housed within the Department of Internal Medicine. The HPM Fellowship Program at Broward Health North consists of comprehensive training in all aspects of palliative care, with the approach of teaching both primary and specialty palliative care, as well providing a solid background in management of patients requiring hospice services. Fellows will work in a community with a diversity of cases across age groups, diagnoses and socio-economic status, delivering culturally sensitive care. Fellows will complete their clinical rotations primarily at Broward Health North, with select rotations at Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health Rehabilitation Center, Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital and with VITAS for inpatient hospice and community hospice.

Our fellowship welcomes a variety of specialty backgrounds including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, critical care, family medicine, geriatrics, gynecology-oncology, hematology-oncology, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics and surgery. We also welcome fellows from various stages of their clinical careers and hope to meet the needs of the adult learner.

The goal of the fellowship is to prepare fellows to be successful in their career goals in clinical care, education, research. We believe that the fellow should be part of directing their learning and work to help them achieve their learning goals. The fellowship offers a curriculum taught by faculty from many disciplines and expertise, with core lectures that cover the fundamentals of palliative care, specialty palliative care, medical ethics, global health and psychosocial care.

Our fellows will be encouraged to identify a scholarly activity that interests them early in their year and will have a mentor to guide them to be successful in their projects. They will participate in global health projects, with opportunities to engage with the Palliative Care global health community. Part of their curriculum will include dedicated and required time for Humanities in Palliative Care. They will have protected time each month to explore different means of creative expression, including Narrative Medicine, Art and Music Therapy.

Thank you for taking the time to visit us today. We encourage you to learn more about us and see for yourself how fellowship training at Broward Health North might be the perfect fit for your career goals.

Program Leadership

Program Director

Preeya Desh, MD

Dr. Desh is board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Care with fellowship training at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian, with a primary board certification in Pediatrics and fellowship training in Hematology Oncology from Brown University. She has worked in Palliative Care with VITAS since 2020. She serves as the Program Director of the Broward Health North’s Hospice and Palliative Care Program. Dr. Desh is an active member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care and has held the position of AAHPM’s Chair of Global Health special interest group. She has experience in Narrative Medicine and does global health work in palliative care. She currently serves as a member of the wellness committee at Broward Health North.


Associte Program Director

Orly Hadar, MD

Dr. Hadar is an Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School in 2016. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2019, and completed her Internal Medicine Chief Resident year at Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2020. She then went on to complete her Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2021. She has been working for VITAS healthcare for over 2 years as a palliative care consultant and hospice physician. She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and American College of Physicians.


Core Faculty

Kinaree Patel , DO

Dr. Patel is a Hospice and Palliative Care physician, board certified in Internal Medicine. She graduated from medical school from Kansas City University, with residency training at Saint Louis University and fellowship training from University of South Florida. She chose Hospice and Palliative Medicine because it allows her to be the physician that practices the art of medicine by establishing a connection with each patient and their family while learning and prioritizing their goals and preferences. She chose Broward Health North because it allows her to engage in academics but at the same time has the amazing culture of a community hospital with a diverse patient population.

About the Program

Program Aims:

Broward Health North’s Palliative Care Fellowship Program is committed to providing a comprehensive and evidence-based training in Hospice and Palliative Care that allows our fellows to attain the knowledge, skills, and philosophy of care required to become competent, confident and autonomous HPM specialist who adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards of medicine. Our fellows are trained to deliver compassionate, patient-centered care to a socio-economically and culturally diverse patient population with coordination of care within and across health delivery systems. The program aims to prepare trainees to be independent, resourceful and competent in clinical practice. Knowing that our graduates have various careers options in clinical, educational, community-based care, and academic centers, we strive to prepare them to be successful in their endeavors. They will gain experience working within and directing an interdisciplinary team, including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses, pharmacists, and a chaplain.

Broward Health North Overview:

Broward Health is a nationally recognized system that has provided world-class healthcare services to our neighbors in South Florida for more than 85 years. Broward Health includes four major hospitals and more than 30 locations and offices overall. Located in beautiful, sunny South Florida, in North Broward County, fellows will be close to world class restaurants, entertainment and beaches. Florida living allows for work life balance and is an ideal place to call home- for a year or for the long haul.

Program Highlights

  • Educational resources including memberships to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, CAPC and textbooks and handbooks
  • Mentoring for Scholarly Activity that align with personal interests and goals
  • Monthly Wellness sessions, exploring “Humanities in Medicine” through Narrative Medicine, and Expressive Arts
  • Exposure to Global Health Palliative Care, based on interest
  • High volume of exposure to the full spectrum of palliative care (oncology, heart and lung disease, dementia)
  • Comprehensive lecture series and didactics covering fundamentals of Palliative Care and Hospice, Subspecialty Palliative Care, Ethics, and Psychosocial Care.
  • Weekly conferences for Interdisciplinary Team meetings/Case Conference with regular board review, journal club, and Grand Rounds
  • Communication work-shop and opportunities to teach
  • Opportunities to curate electives to meet educational goals


Training Blocks and Sites

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  • Comprehensive, intentional training program in the fundamental of palliative care, including pain and symptom management of patients with serious illnesses
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the psychosocial elements of cancer and other serious and complex illnesses
  • Cultural, spiritual, religious, and existential aspects of palliative medicine
  • Care of imminently dying patients, including management of terminal symptoms and bereavement/grief
  • Hospice eligibility, history and philosophy of care, and delivery of hospice care
  • Pediatrics in Palliative Care- Age-appropriate communication, pediatric diseases and symptom management
  • Holistic approaches to care of the seriously ill
  • Clinical research methods for palliative care investigation critical with review and application of the relevant scientific literature
  • Board Review, Journal Club, Ethics, Case Conferences, Interdisciplinary Team Meetings and Grand Round
  • Intensives in communication, with workshops, meaningful feedback and opportunities to teach communication to medical students and residents
  • Electives to meet career goals: Elective 1- to choose from specialty Palliative Care such as Hematology/Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Psychiatry, among others. Elective 2- to choose from Ethics, Spiritual care with Chaplaincy Care, Psychosocial care with psychologist/social worker, Global Health, Narrative Medicine, Research, Hospice administration, among others.



All applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). At this time, we do not sponsor any visas.

We participate in the National Residency Matching Program and do not accept any applicants outside of the Match. 

NRMP # 1892540F0

Application Requirements

Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). We do not accept applications via FAX, email, or postal services.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in their primary boards: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics or other eligible boards
  • Applicants must be board certified or board eligible with demonstration of active pursuit of certification
  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Recent Photograph
A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Application Review and Interview Selection Procedures

Invitations to interview are sent by email via ERAS.

Interviews will be conducted virtually.

Thank you for your interest in the Hospice and Palliative Care program at Broward Health North. We strongly encourage applicants interested to apply to our program and learn its unique features through the interview process. We look forward to hearing from you!