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ABPN diplomates wishing to become certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine must now do so through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). ABIM Customer Relationship Advocates are ready to assist you at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 800-441-ABIM.
The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program, developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and the American Board of Surgery (ABS), is designed to recognize excellence among physicians who are specialists in the care of seriously ill and dying patients with life-limiting illness. The field of hospice and palliative medicine is based on expanding scientific knowledge about symptom control when cure is not possible and appropriate care during the last months of life.
The major competencies of subspecialist-level hospice and palliative medicine fall under the broad, patient-centered goals of:
The examination will be administered to candidates from the ABIM, ABA, ABFM, ABOG, ABP, ABPMR, ABPN, ABR, and ABS at the same time in the same testing centers. Participation in the certification program is voluntary. Certification is not required of practitioners in this field, and the certificate does not confer privileges to practice.
This is a brief summary of training requirements and not intended to be all inclusive. Read the current Information for Applicants publication for all requirements for Initial Certification in the Subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
To achieve certification in hospice and palliative medicine, candidates from the ABPN must hold a valid certificate in psychiatry, neurology, or neurology with special qualification in child neurology and fulfill all of the following requirements:
Candidates from other Boards should contact those Boards for information regarding certification requirements.
Applicants seeking certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine must be certified by the Board in psychiatry, neurology, or child neurology or other specialty (other than ABIM, ABA, ABEM, ABFM, ABOG, ABP, ABPMR, ABR, and ABS) by December 31 of the year prior to the examination. After the 2012 examination, all applicants, other than those initially approved during the practice pathway period, are required to submit documentation of successful completion of one year of ACGME-accredited fellowship training. Hospice and palliative training undertaken July 1, 2010 and after must be accredited by the ACGME.
The Board will require a certificate of successful completion of the fellowship or a letter from the training program director documenting successful completion of one year of ACGME-accredited fellowship training in hospice and palliative medicine. The exposure to hospice and palliative medicine given to psychiatry, neurology, or child neurology residents as part of the basic training in psychiatry, neurology, or child neurology does not count toward the one year of training. All licensing and training requirements must be met no later than July 31 of the year of the examination.
The required one year of specialized training in hospice and palliative medicine may be completed on a part-time basis, as long as it is not less than half-time; credit is not given for periods of training lasting less than one year, except under special circumstances that must be approved by the ABPN Credential Committee. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide detailed documentation from the respective training directors that outlines training content, duties, and responsibilities. Each case is considered on an individual basis.
Hospice and palliative medicine that was credited toward the training requirements for admission to another ABPN examination may not be used to fulfill the training requirements for admission to the Hospice and Palliative Medicine examination.