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Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Initial certification information is for candidates who are certified in radiation oncology, but who have not yet certified in hospice and palliative medicine.

The Certificate

In 2006, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)  approved the establishment of an ABMS recognized certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Previously, radiation oncologists, oncologists, internists, anesthesiologists, and other specialists may have been involved in the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (www.abhpm.org), which had worked for over 10 years in promoting excellence in the delivery of medical care for advanced progressive illnesses and developing standards for training and practice in palliative medicine. This board no longer provides certification examinations.

The official ABMS certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine is administered through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Recognizing that a wide range of specialists is involved in this discipline, 10 member boards of the ABMS, including the American Board of Radiology, are co-sponsors of this new ABMS recognized discipline. Other cosponsoring boards include the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Surgery.

Although the program is primarily administered through the American Board of Internal Medicine, diplomates of any of the co-sponsoring boards are eligible to obtain certification, if they meet essential eligibility requirements and pass a certifying examination.

Following an initial five-year grandfathering period, which ended on December 31, 2012, candidates will be required to satisfactorily complete a full one-year ACGME-approved  Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program to be eligible for the examination. In addition, they must hold certification in their primary board (ABR initial certification).

For those interested in this certification, registration and application are available through the ABR. Applications for the November 7, 2016 examination will be available beginning March 1, 2016.

When you have completed all that is required for the MOC cycle, you are issued a new certificate which shows interested parties that you are keeping up with the latest developments in your field and can thereby render high-quality service.

A certificate granted by this Board does not of itself confer, or purport to confer, any degree, or legal qualifications, privileges, or license to practice radiology.

For further information contact:
American Board of Radiology