Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training
A fellowship is the period of subspecialty training that a physician may undertake after completing a residency. Like many other subspecialties, fellowship training is mandatory in hospice and palliative medicine through American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) certification.
In February 2014, ACGME and AOA announced that the accrediting organization is moving to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education. This transition period is in effect until June 30, 2020 as AOA-accredited programs apply for and receive ACGME recognition and accreditation. This switch to a single accreditation system allows graduates from both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and fellowship training in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies.
Hospice and palliative medicine is participating in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) Medical Specialties Matching Program. This match service is specific to ACGME-accredited fellowship programs. Learn more by reading the ACGME-Accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Applicants Frequently Asked Questions.
Fellowship programs in hospice and palliative medicine provide practitioners the opportunity to advance their knowledge of the field. Programs are available for allopathic and osteopathic professionals in internal medicine, family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, & psychiatry and neurology. In addition, programs are available for allopathic professionals in anesthesiology, surgery, pediatrics, emergency medicine, radiology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Some programs include an additional track in pediatrics, geriatrics, research or public health.
If you are searching for a pediatric-focused training program, please consult the AAHPM Pediatric SIG's list of pediatric-specific training sites.
Open HPM Fellowship Positions
Hospice and palliative medicine participates in the NRMP Match. Immediately following Match Day, AAHPM offers programs an opportunity to post open HPM fellowship positions. Check out the AAHPM Job Mart to search for and post open HPM fellowship positions. Programs: select 'post a job'; Candidates: select 'job search', 'advanced search', 'type – fellowship'.
If you are interested in becoming certified in hospice and palliative medicine but are unable to or uninterested in completing a 12-month hospice and palliative medicine fellowship, which is now required for ACGME and AOA subspecialty certification, you may want to consider pursuing HMD certification through the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB). HMDCB's certification can serve as an alternative or complementary pathway for HPM physicians who currently practice or intend to practice in a hospice setting and seek to gain additional certification for the unique skills required of hospice medical directors.