Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training
Fellowship programs are a period of subspecialty training that a physician may undertake after completing a residency.
A fellowship in the subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine is mandatory in order to sit for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) board certification examinations.
Hospice and palliative medicine fellowship programs are available for:
- allopathic and osteopathic professionals in
- emergency medicine
- family medicine
- internal medicine
- obstetrics and gynecology
- physical medicine and rehabilitation
- psychiatry and neurology
- and radiology
Some programs include an additional track in pediatrics, geriatrics, research or public health.
This is only general information. It is important to contact your applicable primary certification board for detailed requirements.
Obtaining a Fellowship Position
National Resident Match Program (NRMP)
The hospice and palliative medicine subspecialty is participating in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) Medical Specialties Matching Program. Participation in the Match program allows applicants and programs to consider all options before making a decision. This match service is specific to ACGME-accredited fellowship programs.
Fellowship programs in hospice and palliative medicine provide practitioners the opportunity to advance their knowledge of the field. Utilize the following resources to aid in your search for a fellowship.
- Frequently Asked Questions - read the ACGME-Accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Applicants FAQs.
- ACGME - view the listing of fellowship programs and learn more about hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training
- AOA - view the listing of fellowship programs and learn more about hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training
- Pediatric-specific training sites - utilize the AAHPM Pediatric SIG's list of pediatric-focused training programs
- AAHPM Job Mart - after Match Day, AAHPM offers programs the opportunity to post open HPM fellowship positions
- Candidates: select 'job search', 'advanced search', 'type – fellowship'.
- Programs: select 'post a job'
ACGME and AOA are currently transitioning 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.
Certificate and Master's Programs
Additional pathways are available to enhance your training and broaden your knowledge, including certificate and master's programs. These programs do not replace fellowship training nor do they meet the eligibility criteria to take the American Board of Medical Specialties or American Osteopathic Association board examinations.