Palliative Care Mentor Program

Would you like to learn more about palliative care? Do you want to incorporate palliative care in your practice or profession? Would you like to have access to a palliative care clinician to help you in your practice? You are invited to apply!

Who should apply:

Healthcare professionals or licensed clinicians working in either a hospital, home health, assisted living, nursing home, hospice or other healthcare setting.


All meetings will be virtual. There will be hourlong talk topics via Zoom once a month, and mentees may work with their mentor to schedule one-on-one meetings every month to fit their schedules.

What mentees will learn:

  • Overview of palliative care: Not all palliative care is hospice care
  • Consulting etiquette and partnerships: Working collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams
  • Communication techniques: How to break the bad news and communicate the prognosis effectively and clearly
  • Advance directives: The importance of advance care planning and filling out an advance directive
  • Telehealth: Virtual palliative care practice and related billing
  • Creating the case for palliative care: How to build, expand and justify a palliative care program at your facility


At the end of the mentor program, mentees will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to apply these skills within their area of professional responsibility to improve overall patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Mentors participating in the program include:

Justin Baker, M.D.
Chief, Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care
St. Jude Children’s Research Center

Steven Baumrucker, M.D.
System Medical Director, Palliative Care
Ballad Health

Mohana Karlekar, M.D.
Medical Director of Palliative Care
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Greg Phelps, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Hospice of Chattanooga

Funded by:  The Tennessee Department of Health

Apply Today Mentee applications are accepted through Wednesday, January 20th.