Workforce Data and Reports
The need for hospice and palliative services is growing rapidly as the population increases and ages and as both hospice and palliative care become more accepted and desired by the population. Hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) is a relatively new physician specialty. Given the time needed to increase the supply of specialty trained physicians, it was important to assess future needs now to guide future growth.
In 2015, the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute in collaboration with AAHPM began a workforce study on the supply, distribution, need and demand for hospice and palliative medicine physicians.
The current state of the workforce is described by the resources below:
A Profile of New Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physicians: Results from the Survey of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows Who Completed Training in 2015
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - The 2015 Class of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellow-From Training to Practice: Implications for HPM Workforce Supply
Continue to check back for more information on the study.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physicians
Since 2008, ABMS and AOA formally recognized hospice and palliative medicine as a subspecialty certification.
The number of ABMS/AOA physicians who have achieved subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine since 2008 is 7,570. See the breakdown as reported by each cosponsoring board.
|Cosponsoring Board||as of 04/01/17|
|American Board of Internal Medicine||4449|
|American Board of Family Medicine||1786|
|American Board of Pediatrics||277|
|American Board of Emergency Medicine||146|
|American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology||127|
|American Board of Anesthesiology||125|
|American Board of Surgery||73|
|American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology||72|
|American Board of Radiology||69|
|American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation||56|
|As of December 31, 2017, AOA only reports the total number of certificates issued for a given year through the AOA Conjoint Examination Committee for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. A breakdown by specialty is no longer available.|
|Total ABMS & AOA||7570|
The number of active certificates held by ABMS/AOA diplomates is 7,020. See the breakdown as reported by each cosponsoring board.
|Cosponsoring ABMS Board||as of 6/28/16|
|American Board of Internal Medicine||4192|
|American Board of Family Medicine||1653|
|American Board of Pediatrics||232|
|American Board of Anesthesiology||115|
|American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology||110|
|American Board of Emergency Medicine||108|
|American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology||68|
|American Board of Surgery||68|
|American Board of Radiology||65|
|American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation||45|
|Cosponsoring AOA Board||as of 04/01/17|
|American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice||221|
|American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine||130|
|American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry||4|
|American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Physicians||3|
|American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics||3|
|American Osteopathic Board of Surgery||2|
|American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation||1|
|Total ABMS & AOA||7020|