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Initial Certification Requirements
- Possession of a valid, unrestricted, and unchallenged license to practice medicine
- Valid and current certification by the ABR in radiation oncology, general radiology, or diagnostic radiology
- Successful performance on the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Exam
- The written exam is administered through the ABIM, but results are communicated through the ABR and the certificate will be administered from the ABR. There is no oral exam component.
- Applications for the exam in the fall of 2020 will be available beginning March 1, 2020.
- Subspecialty-level training: completion of formal training requirements in an ACGME-approved Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program (see Fellowship Training). NOTE: Diplomates who successfully completed their training before 2019 will have 10 calendar years or until December 31, 2024, whichever comes first, to obtain certification. Those who complete their training in 2019 or later will have six calendar years.
- Before submitting a subspecialty exam application, a diplomate must have paid any outstanding ABR fees in full.
Hospice and Palliative Care FellowshipThe training pathway for ABR candidates requires 12 months of satisfactorily completed hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training that meets the following criteria:
- Hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training undertaken July 1, 2010, and after must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training undertaken before July 1, 2010, must be conducted within a program affiliated with an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program.
- Training experience must be consistent with guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or, until formal guidelines are developed by the ACGME, by the guidelines of the Palliative Medicine Review Committee (PMRC), which is closely modeled after ACGME Residency Review Committees.
- The ABR requires substantiation by the training program director that the fellow’s clinical competence as a hospice and palliative medicine consultant is satisfactory.
Initial Certification ExamThe Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam is a comprehensive, one-day, computer-based exam of multiple-choice questions in the single-best-answer format. The exam assesses the candidate's knowledge and clinical judgment in aspects of hospice and palliative medicine required to perform at a high level of competence. The ABR is a co-sponsoring board for the Certification Exam in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, which is administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). For additional information about this exam, including the exam blueprint, please visit the ABIM website.
Exam RegistrationThe Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam is administered via computer and is offered biennially. The next exam will be administered October 19, 2020. Application acceptance for the exam extends from March 1 through June 1 of the year of exam. Applications will not be accepted after June 1 of the year of exam. The application is available here.
- You will need a copy of your fellowship certificate or an official letter (on letterhead) from your program director, documenting your ACGME-accredited hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training, including dates scanned and saved to your computer. You will be prompted to attach the file to the online application.