Pediatric Palliative Care

Fellowships for physicians

We offer a single year pediatric palliative care clinical training program for those who have completed a general pediatrics residency. The fellowship is focused on advancing pediatric pain management, palliative care and quality of life concerns. Information for the academic year fellowship is as follows:


  • Board-eligible or board certified in pediatrics or one of its sub-specialties
  • Commitment to a career in pediatric palliative medicine


  • The trainee will become familiar with comprehensive, interdisciplinary evaluation and management of children with diverse advanced illnesses and their families, and will be responsible for the care of inpatients and outpatients in varied settings, including an academic teaching hospital, hospice/home care and chronic care.
  • The trainee will be trained as a clinician-educator through supervised experiences in the teaching of pediatric palliative care.
  • The fellow also may join in ongoing research projects, and arrangements may be made for one to two years of more intensive research experience.

Inquires should be addressed to:

Shih-Ning Liaw, MD, FAAP
Senior Physician, Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Site Director, Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

450 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office: 617-632-4293
Fax: 617-582-7271
Email: Shih-Ning_Liaw@DFCI.HARVARD.EDU

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

The Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) is an interdisciplinary team dedicated to improving symptoms and quality of life in children with advanced illness, and their families. The team, which includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, a registered nurse, and social workers, provides services at the hospital, in the outpatient setting, and in the community.

PACT offers a full-time, 12-month Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship. The pediatric nurse practitioner fellow will train alongside two physician fellows and one social work fellow in this unique interprofessional program. The fellowship includes mentored clinical supervision on the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) across settings (inpatient, outpatient, community, bereavement) in the care of children with serious illness and their families in the domains of pain and symptom management, psycho-social issues, advance care planning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and various delivery models in palliative care.

The pediatric nurse practitioner fellow will join the entire Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship cohort for a robust academic curriculum which includes:

  • classroom lectures by expert interprofessional clinicians
  • completion of a quality improvement project
  • teaching experience for small group clinician education
  • preparing Palliative Care Grand Rounds podium lecture

Mentoring by nurse preceptors and interprofessional faculty enhance the fellow’s integration of concepts into specialty nursing practice.

Applications will be accepted through Boston Children’s Hospital. Applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited school of nursing and must obtain a Massachusetts license before beginning the fellowship.

For more information about the PACT NP fellowship please contact Jenna Freitas, MSN, RN, CPNP, BCH/DFCI Pediatric Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Director, at

2024-25 application information

Thank you for your interest in the PACT NP Fellowship. The position has been filled for academic year 2024-25. The application period will reopen in fall 2024 for academic year 2025-26. For further information or with questions please contact Jenna Freitas, MSN, RN, CPNP, BCH/DFCI Pediatric Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Director, at