Subspecialties for Radiation Oncology

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Last verified on January 14, 2019
Only candidates who are certified in radiation oncology, general radiology, diagnostic radiology, or interventional/diagnostic radiology, are eligible to be 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, which had worked for more than 10 years to promote excellence in the delivery of medical care for advanced progressive illnesses and develop standards for training and practice in palliative medicine. However, this board no longer provides certification exams.
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 are involved in this discipline, 10 member boards of the ABMS, including the American Board of Radiology, are co-sponsors of this 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 primarily is 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 exam.
To be eligible for the exam, candidates are required to satisfactorily complete a full one-year, ACGME-approved Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program. 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 exam in the fall of 2020 will be available beginning March 1, 2020.