Expert training for caring for patients in the toughest of times.
The mission of the Colorado Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is to develop specialty-level palliative physicians who are outstanding clinician-educators (or researchers) and are prepared to assume leadership roles in palliative care or in their primary specialty with a palliative care focus.
The Colorado Hospice and Palliative Medicine Medicine Fellowship program provides comprehensive palliative care education and clinical experiences for physicians seeking to specialize in hospice and palliative medicine. The fellowship curriculum consists of one year, clinically-focused experience.
Applicants interested in an academic career should be aware that a unique palliative care research opportunity is also available through Dr. Jean Kutner, a national leader in palliative care research. These training experiences may be arranged sequentially; applicants with interest in both the clinical and research training should discuss with the fellowship director.
Hospice and Palliative medicine have changed significantly over the last 20 years, in ways we could not have imagined when we began practicing and teaching in this field of medicine. We anticipate that change will continue, that our graduates will need to provide specialty-level palliative care in a variety of settings, and will need to guide others who do so as well. With that in mind, our program provides fellows with the skills and insights to expertly manage patients with serious illnesses in varied inpatient and outpatient settings.
We focus on core communication, clinical knowledge, and skills during fellows' training. As the year progresses, fellows build on those core learnings - extending and applying them in a variety of settings and patient populations.
Fellows gain expertise through structured reading and online assignments, weekly didactics, teaching, weekly palliative care conferences, presentations at case conference and journal club, and through increasing responsibility in patient care. Fellows also develop flexibility to work effectively with varying patient populations and team structures at our different practice sites.
Fellows who complete the program practice in community and academic settings, many in Colorado. All have passed their initial board exam in HPM.
The Colorado Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship accepts up to three fellows annually.
We encourage applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Program information can be found on the ACGME website.
The Department of General Internal Medicine offers a Palliative Care and Aging Research Internship. Click here to learn more.
The University of Colorado and the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) are dedicated to enriching the educational experience on our campuses by cultivating a climate of inclusiveness, respect, and understanding for everyone.
Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is part of our mission and of increasing importance as we seek to attract the best and the brightest to join our team - apply for our fellowships, internships, and residencies – and help us to better serve our patients and our community.
Please visit the DFM Diversity web page and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website for additional information on services and resources.