Clinical Training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
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 for American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) certification in hospice and palliative medicine.
Currently, training must occur at an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited or AOA-approved hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program. However, in February 2014, ACGME and AOA announced that the accrediting organizations had agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education. This single accreditation system will allow 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.
AAHPM will continue to keep you informed on this transition and be a resource for general information about fellowship training opportunities. You can learn more about hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training from ACGME and AOA.
Hospice and palliative medicine has joined the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) Specialties Matching Service (SMS). The NRMP SMS is specific to ACGME-accredited fellowship programs. Hospice and palliative medicine will participate in the Match for the academic year starting July 1, 2016. Check out the ACGME-Accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Applicants Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Match process.
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, and 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 research, geriatrics, or public health.
Certification for Hospice Medical Directors
If you are interested in becoming certified in hospice and palliative medicine but are unable or uninterested in completing a 12-month hospice and palliative medicine fellowship, which is now required for ACGME and AOA subspecialty certification, or if you are board certified or board eligible and would like an additional certification in the unique skills required of hospice medical directors (HMDs), you may want to consider pursuing HMD certification through the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB). HMD certification through HMDCB can serve as an alternative or complementary pathway for HPM physicians who currently or intend to practice in a hospice setting.
Additional Clinical Training Opportunities
AAHPM has partnered with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) to develop a comprehensive clinical training site directory. This directory provides information about US-based programs that host healthcare professionals who desire onsite clinical training in hospice and palliative care. The directory also provides links and contact information so individuals can access the program sites directly.
Whether you are interested in onsite training or your hospice and palliative care program would like to be included in this directory, please visit CAPC.org.