Last verified on June 19, 2017
Are all board-certified radiation oncologists, general radiologists, diagnostic radiologists, or interventional/diagnostic radiologists eligible?
As an ABR-certified radiation oncologist, general radiologist, diagnostic radiologist, or interventional/diagnostic radiologist, you meet the basic eligibility requirements. However, as a subspecialist, it is anticipated that you will be spending a significant portion of time dedicated to hospice and palliative care medicine.
Do I need to take the exam to get certified?
Yes, you need to take the exam that is administered through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Exam registration information is available here
Was there a grandfathering period for eligibility to sit for the certification exam?
Before December 31, 2012, ABR-certified diplomates could apply to sit for the certification exam without additional training, but they must have met basic eligibility criteria.
What happened after the grandfathering period?
With the expiration of that grandfathering period, which lasted five years, all candidates interested in sitting for the exam must have completed a one-year ACGME-approved fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine. Radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, interventional/diagnostic radiologists, and general radiologists, in addition to specialists from any of the other co-sponsoring boards, are eligible to apply for these training fellowships.
Who will issue the certification?
The primary specialty board of the candidate will issue the subspecialty certificate in hospice and palliative medicine. In the case of radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, interventional/diagnostic radiologists, and general radiologists, the ABR will issue the certificate after obtaining the exam results from the ABIM.
When will I receive my exam results?
The ABR will post exam results on myABR within three months of the exam.
What is the fee for certification?
Please see the hospice and palliative medicine Dates, Locations, and Fees
page for details about the fees associated with earning this subspecialty certification.
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