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Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The mission of the Colorado 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 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 a one year, clinically focused experience. 

Applicants interested in an academic career should be aware that a UNIQUE PALLIATIVE CARE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP​ 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.

Goals and Objectives

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 insight to expertly manage patients with serious illnesses in varied inpatient and outpatient settings. We focus on core communication, clinical knowledge and skills early during fellow’s 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 on-line 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program, an AOA-approved residency program, a program with ACGME International (ACGME-1) Advanced Specialty Accreditation, or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) accredited residency located in Canada. 
  • Board-certified or Board-eligible in one of the co-sponsoring primary specialties.
  • Trainees in our program must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees, asylees, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow them to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Generally, we do not accept applicants in the US on a Visa status other than Canadian citizens.
  • Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Further Information

The Colorado Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program accepts up to three fellows annually.

We encourage applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

Program information can also be found at the ACGME website​.

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Contact Info:

Laurie Lemmel
Program Coordinator
AO1, MS F496
12631 East 17th Ave.
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-1423