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.

2014-2015 Fuld Palliative Care Scholars

Andrea Bessey

Andrea is an ABSN student participating in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care program. She received a graduate certificate in gerontology with the University of Georgia School of Public Health and participated in the National Student Exchange with the University of Alaska where she focused on Alaskan native cultural traditions. Andrea previously served as the Conservation Education Coordinator in Thailand, where she was also a Fulbright grantee and English teaching assistant.

Phillip Dillard

Phil Dillard

Phillip is an ABSN student participating in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. He works for the CDC as an Emergency Management Specialist with the Division of Strategic National Stockpile, where he leads planning and situational awareness efforts and manages federal responses to numerous national and international public health and high-security events. Phillip was also a Captain and Logistics Officer in the US Army, where he developed and implemented training programs for emergency center operations.

Allysa Rueschenberg

Alyssa Rueschenberg

Allysa is an ABSN student participating in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care program. She is a rehabilitation aide in neurologic rehab at Stanford Hospital and Clinics where she received the 2012 Art of Caring award. Allysa serves as a teaching assistant for Physiology and Human Biology at San Francisco State, and previously served as a volunteer at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center.


  • 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