• Hospice and Palliative Medicine Overview

    After consideration of a comprehensive proposal prepared by ABEM diplomates in conjunction with the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a board that is not a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), ABEM joined nine other ABMS member boards in sponsoring the newly-approved subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM). At its September 19, 2006, meeting, ABMS approved the application for this subspecialty.

    Ten ABMS member boards, including ABEM, are co-sponsoring subspecialty certification in HPM: American Board of Internal Medicine, the lead and administrative board; American Board of Anesthesiology, ABEM, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Radiology, and American Board of Surgery.

    Click here to view the application and examination dates and fees for the examination. Physicians who wish to receive an application packet may contact ABEM at any time.

    Physicians who fulfill the eligibility criteria should apply to the sponsor board through which they hold their primary certification. Physicians who are certified by more than one of the sponsor boards may choose the board through which they apply for this subspecialty. The board through which a physician applies issues the certificate when the physician successfully completes the subspecialty examination. To request an application write ABEM at subspecialties@abem.org.

    The first HPM subspecialty examination was administered on Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

    Click here for the complete Hospice and Palliative Medicine eligibility criteria.