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 following boards in the American Osteopathic Association offer the CAQ in hospice and palliative medicine:
Since 2008, member board of ABMS and AOA have certified a growing number of physicians in the specialty-level practice of 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
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.
You can find additional information about the CAQ in HPM through your respective osteopathic board.
The AOA examination is a proctored 5-hour examination consisting of multiple-choice questions of the single-best-answer type. 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
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