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The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute For Education, Training and Research, Inc.

History & Mission

The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc. (JDT Institute), the educational ally of Connecticut Hospice, was established in 1979, when it gave its first educational conference.  The JDT Institute's mission is to serve as a leading center for hospice education, training and research in the United States. 

The JDT Hospice Institute is a vehicle for sharing the hospice philosophy with all who desire to improve the quality of care for patients (and their loved ones) experiencing an irreversible illness.  It offers opportunities for students, health care professionals, administrators, caregivers, and the lay community to learn, and gain experience and skills in hospice care. 

The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Clinical Site Partnership

The JDT Institute offers opportunities to engage in over 35 customized clinical experiences and over 30 clinical rotations, including but not limited to Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, Spiritual Care, and Art & Music Therapies.  JDT welcomes more than 325 students a year through partnerships with many of the country’s most prestigious universities and international teaching hospitals such as Columbia University School of Nursing, New York University School of Social Work, UCONN School of Pharmacy, Yale Schools of  Medicine and Nursing, Yale Summer Bioethics Program, Fairfield University, Albertus Magnus University, Lesley University (Boston, MA), Yale Divinity School, Dominican Order of the Catholic Church Seminary (Wash. DC), and Higashi Sapporo Hospital.

Offerings include: seminars and symposia; publications and audio-visual materials; training programs for health care students and staff; technical assistance; and identification of research needs.

More Information

For more information about arranging clinical site rotations or clinical experiences, please contact Mary Fitzgerald by email at [email protected], or by telephone at 203-315-7502. Please note that Connecticut Hospice requires proof of COVID vaccination for all employees, volunteers and students.

JDT is located within Connecticut Hospice’s beautiful inpatient waterfront facility in Branford, Connecticut 15 minutes north of New Haven.

Please Support Us

As a not-for-profit, we depend on generous donors to help us provide customized services and therapies that aren’t completely covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance. 

Please make a gift to help us sustain the highest standard of care.

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