Support people and caregivers facing serious and life-limiting illnesses. The Community-Based Hospice and Palliative Medicine (CHPM) Fellowship is designed to help mid-career providers obtain training while continuing to live and work in their communities using online distance learning technology. This fellowship helps students become board eligible as physicians in hospice and palliative medicine. It can be completed over a two-year period that partially overlaps with the Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC) program. 

Program Components

  • Seminar: Includes written workups, video assignments, assigned readings and more.
  • Portfolio: Includes your clinical experiences, patient logs, evaluations from clinical sites and more.
  • Clinical: Includes clinical work experiences within your community.

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Community-Based Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Offered By:

Graduate School


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Community-Based Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Details

Walk with people and caregivers through chronic and life-limiting illnesses as you learn to integrate both biomedical and psycho-social-spiritual perspectives into a holistic care plan. The CHPM Fellowship is an ACGME-certified palliative care fellowship in which physicians may become board-eligible in hospice and palliative medicine.

Students must be enrolled in the online MSPC program to apply for the fellowship program; they will complete both programs over the course of their palliative care education. The master's program overlaps with the two-year fellowship and includes a clinical component within a palliative care or hospice setting. Students are expected to work with their home institution and the CHPM Fellowship leadership to secure a learning agreement (PLA) prior to beginning the fellowship.

The CHPM program at CU Anschutz not only gave me the mechanism to achieve my dream of board certification, but also it deepened my knowledge and provided me with practical experience that has allowed me to excel in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

Jeff Sung, MD, MSPC '23
CHPM Fellowship '24

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Fellowship Eligibility

Physicians who are interested in the fellowship start by enrolling in the Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC) program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which is offered fully online. After completing the first 15 credits of the MSPC program, physicians can then apply to the CHPM Fellowship, where they will build a clinical portfolio. Successful completion of both the MSPC and CHPM Fellowship are required to become board eligible.

Fellowship Components Overview

The CHPM Fellowship is comprised of a seminar, portfolio and clinical work in your community.

In the seminar, you will submit written workups of your patients, work on video assignments to develop and improve communication and assessment skills, and complete assigned readings. Faculty will provide feedback and mentoring online. These clinical experiences will come from your own practice in your community. Every two weeks during a video conference with the faculty, you will orally present cases, receive feedback, hear other fellows’ cases and discuss the online content.

Your portfolio will include your clinical experiences with feedback, patient logs and 360 evaluations from your clinical sites, as well as selected items from the MSPC, like quality improvement projects. At the end of each semester, fellows will present their portfolios to the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) which evaluates all CHPM fellows using the recently approved CHPM Milestones.

Clinical Work
Complete your clinical work off campus in your community. The CHPM Fellowship allows mid-career physicians interested in palliative care to get clinical experience within a palliative care or hospice setting. You will be expected to work with your home institution and leadership for the CHPM Fellowship to secure a prior learning agreement (PLA) before starting the fellowship.


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 demonstration project. Fellows who successfully complete the CHPM Fellowship will be eligible to take the Hospice & Palliative Care Certification Exam.

Palliative Medicine Fellowship Completion Time

The 40-credit-hour CHPM Fellowship is approximately two years long and overlaps partially with the MSPC program, which is 33 credit hours and can be completed in 2 to 7 years. With the maximum course load, the MSPC program can be completed in 24 months.

Thank you so much for creating this program. I am consistently in awe of how much this inspires and moves me. The mix in the classes between facts and feelings is perfect and keeps me engaged.

— Misty Lahti | MS in Palliative Care Student

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision, and a degree program at CU Anschutz is an investment that will benefit you for years to come. When you earn a degree, you’re not simply getting a diploma — you’re making a lifelong investment in yourself and empowering your future career.

Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in. Currently, the fellowship program's tuition rate is $1,100 per credit hour. The fellowship does not have an in-state tuition rate for Colorado residents.

Admissions Information

To be eligible for consideration for the CHPM Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Acceptance into the Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC) degree program
  • Successful completion of the first three semesters (5 classes, 15 credits) of the MSPC program
  • Be established in your community practice
  • Five (5) or more years since the completion of your last residency or fellowship training
  • Completed application for the CHPM Fellowship
  • Maintain board certification in your primary board and obtain a letter of support from the board for participation in the CHPM Fellowship
  • 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 CHPM Fellowship and demonstration of access to needed clinical patient populations

To apply for admission to the Master of Science in Palliative Care program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Graduate school application
  • Personal statement
  • Resume / CV
  • Educational goals statement
  • Two recommendations completed by professional contacts familiar with your achievements and qualities (references from clergy, family, friends, or politicians will not be accepted)
  • Notarized copy of professional license(s) and/or certificate(s) with a copy of the photo ID used in the notary process or online verification of your current professional license (Biomedical Professional Track only)
  • Driver license
  • Application fee: $50 (domestic), $75 (international)
  • Interview
    • After the application is complete a telephone or video interview will be arranged with the applicant and two faculty/administration members. This interview will afford the program the opportunity to understand the needs of the applicant and for the candidate to ask questions. The interview process is designed to assess the applicant’s knowledge of the profession, communication, and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the interview process.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and/or universities attended
    • Electronic transcripts should be sent to: graduate.school@cuanschutz.edu 
    • Physical transcripts should be mailed to:
      Graduate School 
      Mail Stop C296 
      Fitzsimons Building, W5107 
      13001 E. 17th Place 
      Aurora, CO 80045

International Applicants: Please visit the international graduate student admissions page for more information.

MS in Palliative Care Application Deadlines


May 1


March 1

Palliative Care Information Sessions

Gather all the information you need to take your next steps in one of our information sessions offered each month tailored to your profession:

  • Nurses and nurse practitioners
  • Physicians and physician assistants
  • Allied health professionals (psychologists, social workers, spiritual care providers)

Each session will give you the opportunity to ask questions about the format, curriculum, outcomes, and more. This is an excellent, no-pressure way to see if the palliative care graduate programs are right for you and learn how continuing your education could fit into your life. 

Your application fee will be waived if you register for an information session! Currently, the application fee is $50 for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants.

Register now for the next session.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, the MSPC program is offered online, and the CHPM fellowship components are completed online with the exception of your clinical experience in your home community. 

The MSPC program at CU Anschutz was the first master’s degree in palliative care offered in the United States. It is facilitated and taught by faculty with real-world experience in palliative care, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, psychologists, spiritual care providers, and pharmacists.

Our palliative care programs are truly interdisciplinary, meaning you’ll learn alongside students in other professions with their own unique perspectives on palliative care. Learning online also gives you the flexibility to balance other commitments with your studies and immediately begin integrating what you learn into your current workplace.

Yes, physicians may use the MSPC with the Community-Based Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship program to become board eligible. The fellowship must be applied to separately from the MSPC program.

Typically, information sessions for each professional group are offered once a month. It is free to register for an information session and can give you an opportunity to learn about faculty, ask questions, and investigate whether the program is right for you. If you register for an information session, your application fee will be waived.

The CHPM Fellowship is approved for upwards of 12 slots for a two-year program. This is a competitive fellowship; students who demonstrate ability to thrive in the online and distance learning environment through the MSPC program will strengthen their application for the fellowship.

The fellowship program, along with the MSPC program, has a variety of activities for students, including new patient consultations, continuity of care, hospice care, pediatric palliative care, seminars, professional development reflections, and more.

Learn more about the fellowship program’s clinical and scholarly activities during a free information session. All registrants will have their application fee waived.

Students must complete a minimum of 100 initial consultations to be submitted and reviewed by faculty over the two-year program. Fellows will orally present a portion of these consultations during the biweekly video seminars.

Learn more about the fellowship program’s clinical and scholarly activities during a free information session. All registrants will have their application fee waived.

There is no exact breakdown on diversity of new patient consultations in the fellowship program, but it is ideal if they represent a mixture of inpatient, outpatient, and telehealth. Some fellows may need to develop relationships to support this in their community.