Developing Your Career in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Because of a number of factors, including the field's rapid growth and a growing population of aging adults and severely ill patients, there is tremendous need for physicians and other healthcare professionals who are trained in the practice of hospice and palliative medicine.
Many opportunities exist for recent graduates as well as established physicians seeking to develop additional skills and expand or refocus their career. Medical students can see why a career in hospice and palliative medicine could be right for you.
The AAHPM Job Mart makes your CV available to hundreds of healthcare associations and professional organizations. Find a position that is right for you!
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) certification exams. Learn more about how to obtain a fellowship and about the NRMP Match program, as well as additional training opportunities.
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The primary pathway to specializing in hospice and palliative medicine is subspecialty board certification, available to both allopathic and osteopathic physicians.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Board Certification is offered through:
- American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS),
- American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and
Additional specialty certification is available through the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.
Already certified? Learn more about how to maintain your certification.
Grow and Network with AAHPM
You can connect with peers and colleagues by utilizing:
- AAHPM Connect - join the members only Early Career Professionals special interest group (SIG)
- Mentor Match - become a mentor or be a mentee in a topic area chosen by you
Resilience and Well-being
Learn how to stay resilient and take care of yourself while you take care of others.
AAHPM scholarships bring opportunities to hospice and palliative care professionals to learn and connect at educational events that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.
As the aging population rapidly grows, so does the need for trained physicians in hospice and palliative medicine. Read the full report on the current state of the hospice and palliative medicine workforce.