We basically wanted to concentrate on  determining the attitudes and beliefs of hematology and medical oncology (HMO) fellows regarding palliative care (PC) after they completed a 4-week mandatory PC rotation.Despite rapid growth in the PC programs for patients with cancer in the hospital and in community settings, there is an important lag in the corresponding growth of well-trained professionals in PC. According to a report from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the demand for hospice and PC physicians is more than double the supply.

Of 105 HMO fellows, 77 (73%) completed the survey. HMO fellows reported that PC rotation improved assessment and management of symptoms (98%); opioid prescription (89%), opioid rotation (78%), and identification of opioid adverse effects (87%); communication with patients and families (91%), including advance care planning discussion (88%) and do-not-resuscitate discussion (88%); and they reported comfort with discussing ethical issues (74%).

All the above data and analysis clearly states that the rotation of the PC gave a positive result in providing better knowledge to the people. The awareness and the capability to understand malignancy should be publically appreciated.