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
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 Essential Practices in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
- 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 Annual Assembly, listening to recordings from past assemblies, and reading up on new research and literature in the field with the following resources:
- PC-FACS (Fast Article Critical Summaries for Clinicians in Palliative Care)
- JPSM (Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
- Fast Facts and Concepts
- 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.