Observership Program in Supportive and Palliative Care

The Department of Supportive Care Medicine is one of very few fully integrated, multidisciplinary teams working together to identify, assess and treat the multiple complex challenges that patients and families face throughout the continuum of cancer care.

The Supportive Care Medicine team of approximately 120 professionals includes: pain and palliative medicine physicians and nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, spiritual care chaplains, child life specialists, patient navigators, health education specialists, cancer information resource surses, positive image cosmetologists, a resources coordinator, a hospice liaison and more. In addition, we have the physical hub of supportive care: our world class Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center that provides a wide range of educational and support programs and services to patients, families and the community.

With our vision to be “the best program of supportive care services in the world”, the Department of Supportive Care Medicine has continued to lead the development of innovative, tailored patient- and family-centered programs that relate to:  geriatric oncology, gender strengths interventions (including a recognized couples program), advanced care planning, patient and family meetings, and both English- and Spanish-speaking Patient and Family Advisory councils. As a foundation for these innovative programs and for optimally triaging integrated biopsychosocial care, the department has created patient and family-friendly touchscreen technology in English, Spanish and Chinese that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as the model screening program and has been licensed to other cancer centers across the United States.

Observerships are available to national and international visitors: physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, health educators, chaplains and other related specialties.

How to Apply

To apply for an observership:


  1. Download and complete the application​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​             
  2. Email the completed application with a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV), and resume or brief biography to
Important Information:
  • Dates of the observership will be based upon availability. 
  • Length of observerships can vary from 1 day with a maximum of four weeks. 
  • There is a $100.00 application fee required 60 days prior to observership.
  • The cost for the observership is $1,000.00 per person per continuous business week. Monday through Friday.
  • Visitors will be required to complete the institutional mandated health screening requirements, and other required documents 30 days prior to arrival.
  • Visitors are responsible their own travel and lodging. City of Hope has negotiated special rates for visitors to our campus at local hotels and motels. Please visit our Visitation Guide.


Cost is based on the length of the observership and size of the group. 

For further information about supportive care clinical observorships at City of Hope, please contact Becky Andrews at:
Becky Andrews 
Patient Resources Coordinator
City of Hope
1500 East Duarte Road
Modular 92A, Suite 1002
Duarte, CA 91010-3000
Matthew J. Loscalzo, L.C.S.W., APOS Fellow
Liliane Elkins Endowed Professor in Supportive Care Programs
Administrative Director, Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
Executive Director, Department of Supportive Care Medicine
Professor, Department of Population Sciences
City of Hope
1500 East Duarte Road
Main Medical Bldg, Suite Y-1
Duarte, CA 91010-3000