Community Based-Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

There is a great need for Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) to meet the needs of patients and families living with serious and life-limiting illness.

Currently options for HPM Fellowships are limited and not able to train the number of new physicians needed. In addition, may physicians in mid-career find that they would like to train and work in HPM but returning to a traditional HPM Fellowship is not feasible.

The Community Based-Hospice and Palliative Medicine (CB-HPM) Fellowship is part of the response to the need to create new pathways for mid-career providers.

Other teams are focusing on part-time, shared or competency-based training within existing HPM Fellowships which would still required fellows to spend considerable time at the academic medical center.

The CB-HPM Fellowship is designed to meet the needs of mid-career providers to obtain training will continuing to live and work in their community supported through on-line and distance learning technology with supervision provided by the HPM faculty here at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

This program has been approved by the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and other supporting Boards as a 5-year demonstration projects. Fellows who successful complete the CB HPM Fellowship will be eligible to take the HPM Board exam.



Program Components

Community Based-HPM Fellowship Seminar and Portfolio | Courses will be completed over a 2-year period that will overlap, at least in part, with the MSPC. CB-HPM Fellows will be part of the HPM Fellowship but will complete their clinical work off campus in their community.

Your portfolio will include your clinical experiences with feedback, HPM patient logs, 360 evaluations from your clinical sites, as well as selected items from the MSPC such a Quality Improvement Projects. At the end of each semester fellows will present their portfolios to the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) which evaluates all HPM Fellows using the recently approved HPM Milestones.

Seminar | In the seminar, physicians will submit written work-ups of their patients, work on video assignments to develop and improve communication and assessment skills, which are paired with assigned readings. Fellows will receive feedback and mentoring on-line from faculty. These clinical experiences will come from your own practice in your community. Every 2-weeks during a 2 hours video conference of CB-HPM Fellows with the faculty, you will orally present cases, receive feedback, hear other fellows’ cases and discuss the on-line content.

There are 6 seminar courses over 6 semesters (2-years).

Number of Fellowship Slots | The CB-HPM Fellowship is approved for 6 slots starting in August of 2020 for a 2-year program. Six additional fellows will start in 2021 for a total of 12 fellows. With the success of the program and based on demand it is planned to expand the number of CB-HPM Fellowship slots. Applicants who are currently enrolled in the MSPC and demonstrate ability to thrive in the on-line and distance learning environment will strengthen their application for this completive program.

Who is Eligible? | Physicians will enroll in the Master of Science in Palliative Care at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. This program is interprofessional and fellow students will be physicians but also nurses, PA, pharmacist, social workers and spiritual care providers. This program is designed to emulate the in person clinical experience in a primarily on-line setting and fulfills many of didactic and other non-clinical requirements of the HPM Fellowship.

After applying to the MSPC, physicians can then apply the CB-HPM Fellowship Seminar which support them to build a clinical portfolio to meet the clinical requirements. Successful completion of both the MSPC and CB-HPM are required to become board eligible.

Fellowship eligibility: 

  • accepted into the MSPC degree program
  • established in their community practice
  • 5 or more years since the completion of their last residency or fellowship training
  • Complete application for the CB-HPM Fellowship
  • Maintain board certification in their primary board and obtain letter of support from the board for participation in the CB-HPM.
  • Maintain your state license(s), DEA to support prescription authority, privileges at all practice sites and your current Malpractice Insurance
  • Memo of Concurrence with your practice, hospital or healthcare system to participate in the CG-HPM Fellowship and demonstration of access to needed clinical patient populations




The Master of Science in Palliative Care, Interprofessional Palliative Care Certificate, and Community Based-Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship program tuition is billed on a per credit hour basis. New tuition rates are established each spring and normally go into effect fall semester. ‚ÄčThe Certificate program is 12 credits, and the MS program is 36 credits.

Tuition rates for the 2022-2023 academic year are:
$745 per credit hour for Colorado and WRGP-approved MS and Certificate students
$1,090 per credit hour for out-of-state MS and Certificate students
$1,100 per credit hour for CHPM Fellowship Courses (in-state and out-of-state rate is the same)