A new five-year agreement continues the formal educational partnership between the Alpert Medical School and Hope Hospice & Palliative Care.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island have renewed and expanded their affiliation for five more years, the institutions announced Tuesday, July 12.

Dr. Jack A. Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown, said the renewal between Rhode Island’s medical school and its largest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization emphasizes the importance of training new and future physicians in compassionate care for those who are seriously ill. Brown and Hope Hospice first affiliated in 2012, formalizing a longstanding collaboration under which scores of students and residents receive training every year.

“Comforting and guiding patients and their loved ones at the end of life is an essential responsibility of medical practice,” Elias said. “We are glad to have a leading educational partner in Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, where the staff, including some of our faculty members, provide empathetic care to residents in need throughout Rhode Island.”

Hope Hospice President and CEO Diana Franchitto praised the new accord and the partnership it represents.

“The renewal of this agreement between such a prominent, renowned medical school and a national hospice and palliative care leader underscores the growing emergence of hospice and palliative care into mainstream medicine,” Franchitto said. “It continues to represent the kind of innovative, visionary thinking and the spirit of collaboration that has been a mainstay in both organizations from our early beginnings.

“We are honored this renewal allows us to continue to train the next generation of physicians to understand the role and importance of caring for those who are seriously ill.”

Among the specific terms of the agreement, Hope Hospice & Palliative Care can now begin using Brown’s logo, adding visual strength to its designation as “The Major Teaching Affiliate for Hospice and Palliative Medicine of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.” The medical school will approve clerkship directors, elective directors and key faculty.