AOA Certificate of Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
In 2007 the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists approved a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in hospice and palliative medicine. The American Osteopathic Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology & Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offer the CAQ in hospice and palliative medicine.
There are 7,351 ABMS/AOA CAQ subspecialty-certified physicians in hospice and palliative medicine.
If you're a midcareer physician interested in certification but ineligible for certification through ABMS or AOA, learn more about hospice medical director certification through the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB).
This is only general information. It is important to contact your applicable primary certification board for detailed requirements.
Eligibility for Initial Certification
Following administration of the 2014 certification examination (applications for which were due by December 31, 2013), osteopathic physicians wishing to obtain their CAQ in HPM must
- hold a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state of the United States
- provide substantiation of satisfactory clinical competence in HPM, which must be provided by the program director of the fellowship program where the candidate completed clinical training
- possess a valid certification by their primary AOA board
- complete a 12-month AOA-approved fellowship in HPM, completed after July 1, 2009.
You can find additional information about the CAQ in HPM from the American Osteopathic Association.
The AOA examination is a proctored 5-hour examination consisting of multiple-choice questions of the single-best-answer type. There are a total of 200 items on the examination; the AOA content blueprint includes relative percentages by content category. The examination covers the broad aspects of HPM that specialists practicing in the field are expected to know and assesses candidates' knowledge and clinical judgment in aspects of HPM required to perform at a high level of competence. The AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists exam for a CAQ in hospice and palliative medicine is administered to all approved applicants at one time and location. You can find the examination schedule, locations, and more details from the AOA's Conjoint Committee.
How to Apply
Candidates register for the certification exam through the primary board by which they are certified. Each board is responsible for developing its own application materials.
How to Prepare
AAHPM has developed the following list of suggested resources and steps to help you prepare for the exam.
- Become familiar with the Exam Content and Blueprint created by either ABIM or AOA.
- Review textbooks such as the UNIPAC self-study program. While the UNIPACs are not sufficient by themselves to serve as a comprehensive review for the exam, they are an excellent resource.
- Attend a review course, such as AAHPM's Intensive Board Review Course Recordings. Additional review courses for the HPM exam are offered by a number of institutions.
- Take a practice test, such as HPM PASS, a 150-item practice test designed to simulate an online testing experience. Supplement your knowledge in pediatrics, prognostication, and psychiatry and cognition, and hospice regulatory with HPM FAST modules, each consisting of 25 practice test questions.
- Continue to keep abreast of the current evidence in the field by attending the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly, listening to recordings from past assemblies, and reading up on new research and literature in the field with the following resources:
- Take the ABIM sample tutorial. ABIM has provided a sample online tutorial so candidates may familiarize themselves with the look and feel of the computerized testing process.
- Stay current with the rules and logistics for taking the examination. Read carefully everything that you receive from your primary board concerning the instructions for registering for the exam.