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Schenker Y, Ellington L, Bell L, Kross EK, Rosenberg AR, Kutner JS, Bickel KE, Ritchie C, Kavalieratos D, Bekelman DB, Mooney KB, Fischer SM. The National Postdoctoral Palliative Care Research Training Collaborative: History, Activities, Challenges, and Future Goals. Journal of palliative medicine. 2021 Apr 1; 24(4):545-553.
Palliative care-related postdoctoral training opportunities are critical to increase the quantity and quality of palliative care research. To describe the history, activities, challenges, and future goals of the National Postdoctoral Palliative Care Research Training Collaborative. National web-based survey of participating program leaders. Information about participating programs, trainees, challenges faced, and future goals. Nine participating programs at academic institutions across the United States focus on diverse aspects of palliative care research. The majority of 73 current and former fellows are female (75%) and white (84%). In total, 38% of fellows (? = 28) have MD backgrounds, of whom less than half (? = 12) completed hospice and palliative medicine fellowships. An additional 38% of fellows (? = 28) have nursing PhD backgrounds and 23% (? = 17) have other diverse types of PhD backgrounds. Key challenges relate to recruiting diverse trainees, fostering a shared identity, effectively advocating for trainees, and securing funding. Future goals include expanding efforts to engage clinician and nonclinician scientists, fostering the pipeline of palliative care researchers through expanded mentorship of predoctoral and clinical trainees, increasing the number of postdoctoral palliative care training programs, and expanding funding support for career development grants. The National Postdoctoral Palliative Care Research Training Collaborative fills an important role in creating a community for palliative care research trainees and developing strategies to address shared challenges.