The Nathan Adelson Hospice Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine program is now accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and sponsored by OPTI-West. The program is designed to train physicians from the fields of child neurology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, radiation oncology, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, radiology, or surgery.
Mission Statement of Fellowship Program
Nathan Adelson Hospice will provide a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine that strives to be a model for excellence. The program provides humanistic, holistic, evidence-based education for graduate physicians seeking additional skill, competence, and certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Purpose of the Fellowship Program
- Increase Accessibility for Patients: Improve healthcare in Southern Nevada by increasing accessibility to Hospice and Palliative Board Certified Physicians.
- Hospice and Palliative Care has emerged as a critical medical specialty. Currently, participating in a formalized clinical fellowship program is the only avenue to obtain certification in Hospice and Palliative Care.
- Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. Palliative care is proven to improve quality of life, decrease depression and improve family and patient satisfaction as well as being cost effective.
- Increase Number of Hospice & Palliative Care Physicians: Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Fellowship Program will increase the number of hospice and palliative care certified physicians to improve quality of healthcare for seriously ill individuals in Southern Nevada.
Training Sites: The Nathan Adelson Hospice Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine will consist of 12 months of training under the auspices of Nathan Adelson Hospice and its direct affiliate programs. The Fellows will provide hospice and palliative care medicine in inpatient acute care, long-term care, homecare, ambulatory practice settings.
- Nathan Adelson Hospice
- VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Palliative Care Ambulatory Clinic
- Valley Hospital Center
Inpatient Palliative Care
- Las Ventanas Skilled Nursing Facility
Adult Long-Term Care
Pediatric Long-Term Care
Goals of the Fellowship Program: Fellows will be assigned an active and ongoing population of patients for whom they will design appropriate Care Plans tailored to the specific palliative needs of the individual patient. By the end of the program, fellows will demonstrate competence in the following areas:
- Patient Care and Procedural Skills
- Clinical Knowledge
- Practice-based Learning and Improvement
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Systems-based Approach
- Scholarly Projects
- Formal Weekly Didactics
- Journal Club
- Online Training Tools
- Interdisciplinary Team Approach
Dr. Diana Lee
Diana Lee, MD accepted the position of Fellowship Program Director in 2022 providing oversight and leadership of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program. The program trains physicians in humanistic, holistic, evidence-based education in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.
Dr. Lee obtained her degree at Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China, trained at John’s Hopkins School of Medicine, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Paige Kozlowski
Paige Kozlowski, DO received her medical education at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus, where she prepared to be a community-focused physician meeting the needs of rural and medically underserved populations. She’s spent the last several years impacting the Las Vegas community by serving on the Morbidity and Mortality Committee and Medication Safety Committee. A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Kozlowski has been immersed in the medical field for the past decade, fine tuning her research, education, and volunteer work.
Dr. Inga Pak Jeon
Inga Pak Jeon, MD comes to Nathan Adelson Hospice having worked as a geriatrician for several healthcare organizations in SoCal. She graduated from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine, completed her family medicine residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA and a geriatric medicine fellowship at LAC/USC School of Medicine. She is thrilled to be here and is passionate about increasing access to palliative care, providing education on its benefits, and practicing a holistic approach to patient care with the help of interdisciplinary teams to effectuate healing and relieve suffering.
Dr. Bennett Vitug
Bennett Vitug, DO is a graduate of Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2019 after earning a master’s of science degree from the University of California, San Diego. With more than 10 years of medical experience in human biology, osteopathy, and family medicine, Vitug’s knowledge in several healthcare specialties will aid in his fellowship with Nathan Adelson Hospice. Most recently, he has served as fundraising chair for the Student American Academy of Osteopathy in Henderson, NV.