Fuld Palliative Care Fellows


Be a Clinical Leader

The Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship program is an innovative palliative care program at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Emory Palliative Care Center established by the Helene Fuld Health Trust.

The program aims to develop nurse leaders who can make an impact in palliative care, an area of health care that is rapidly growing as more Americans are facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

This Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship Program will prepare nursing students to work collaboratively with physicians, social workers, physical therapists, and chaplains to provide specialized holistic palliative care, which is a unique care model that provides patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress often associated with serious illnesses, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for patients and theirfamilies.

This fellowship program will provide program support and scholarships to select students each year to become immersed in palliative care clinical initiatives, research, and policy development by working with the Emory Palliative Care Center, an organization that provides team-based palliative care to nearly 5,000 adult and pediatric patients each year.

Fuld Palliative Care Scholars

Rachel Behrend

Rachel Behrend

Rachel is a second-degree AMSN student from Bethesda Maryland who will be graduating in December 2018. She comes to Emory having graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in biology. Rachel loves the combination of professionalism and intimacy that characterizes the nursing profession, the lifelong opportunities for intellectual stimulation and growth, and the undeniable chance that nursing will provide to make a positive impact. She has a longstanding interest in movement, pain, and rehabilitation, originally through the lens of basic neuroscience research, which she pursued prior to beginning the AMSN program at Emory. She is now most interested in helping patients with long-term illnesses and chronic pain through rehabilitative methods and palliative care. Rachel hopes to work in a setting that will allow her to provide rehabilitation to those suffering with long-term illnesses who wish to return to their daily activities. She hopes to start her career in a clinic that affords her the time and resources to pursue this, and one day perhaps have her own practice where this will be a primary emphasis.

Emily Buzhardt

Emily Buzhardt

Emily is a second-degree AMSN student from Nashville Tennessee who will be graduating in May 2019. She comes to Emory School of Nursing having graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in biology. Emily chose nursing due to its patient-focused nature and its holistic model of care, that nurses view the patient as being more than his or her disease. Out of all health care providers, nurses spend the most time with patients.

She wants to form relationships with her patients and support them in times of need.

On her journey to Emory, Emily worked as a triage and medical assistant and decided that she wanted to pursue a career in oncology because she loved the patients that she worked with as a medical assistant.

Maggie Carrillo

Maggie Carrillo

Maggie is a second-degree AMSN student from Decatur Georgia. She will be gradating in December 2017. She comes to Emory School of Nursing having graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in business management. Having always wanting to help people maximize their health, Emily pursued a nursing career and would like to work on a hospitalist team at Emory University Hospital.


  • Must be an Accelerated BSN + MSN (ABSN + MSN) student who has demonstrated a special commitment to scholarship, leadership and social responsibility as a component of professional nursing practice
  • Available to students who can reasonably return to school with only financial support from the Fellowship program
  • Must write an essay and possibly participate in an interview by a selection committee
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 of above (the average GPA of previous recipients is a 3.71)
  • GRE score of at least a 310 (the average GRE score of previous recipients is a 318)


Recipients of the Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship are expected to:

  • Spend additional time on Fuld Fellowship interdisciplinary seminars and activities
  • MUST have definitive plans to work in a palliative care environment
  • Remain committed to leadership activities related to palliative care
  • Share their experiences with others in the School
  • Complete a MSN degree at Emory University
  • Demonstrate to the profession and the broader public a fine example of nursing leadership and engagement in palliative care

Applications are not accepted for this award. All students are automatically reviewed for this award during the admission review process and will be notified individually if they are chosen to receive the award. Students who submit applications for admission after December 15th will not be considered.

For questions or additional information about the Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship, please contact:

Dr. Mi-Kyung Song
Director, Center for Nursing Excellence in Palliative Care
Phone: 404.727.3134
Email: mi-kyung.song@emory.edu