American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Membership
More than 5,000 physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals interested in the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine represent AAHPM membership. Our members work in a variety of urban, rural, and suburban healthcare settings, including hospitals, hospices, managed-care facilities and academic institutions, with varied patient populations—from pediatrics to geriatrics. The majority of the Academy's physician members specialize in family and internal medicine.
After you join the Academy, you will receive numerous benefits.
EDUCATION to keep you informed
AAHPM offers in-person and online educational opportunities that address critical topics in hospice and palliative care, from administrative challenges to evidence-based treatment of severe symptoms. These are designed to increase your competence and ability to practice effectively with patients and families and within the interdisciplinary team.
As a member, you will benefit from discounts on popular product and registration fees to attend and participate in educational programs.
RESOURCES to help you practice smarter
Stay up-to-date with resources related to clinical practice, key developments in the specialty, and AAHPM activities. Two of the most highly regarded resources distributed to members are the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and PC-FACS, an electronic "journal watch" that summarizes key articles from more than 100 medical and scientific journals.
Other resourceful publications are the twice weekly e-newsletter, Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBriefs, and the AAHPM Quarterly. Additional resources, including online products and textbooks, are available in the AAHPM bookstore.
NETWORKING to increase your professional connections
Gain access to a network of valuable contacts via online directories, mentoring programs, volunteer committees and task forces, an online Job Mart, and more. Communities offer unique opportunities to network, collaborate, and share information with other members, both in-person and virtually, in areas such as pediatrics, long-term care, ethics, and rural practice.
AAHPM offers physicians a number of innovative career development programs, including year-long mentoring and leadership development, which offer you access to thought leaders in hospice and palliative medicine.
"In many care settings, the passionate HPM practitioner can feel a bit like a lone wolf. But as a member of AAHPM, I always feel like I'm part of a community, a part of something bigger and better that is changing American medical culture in the right direction"
—Hunter Groninger, MD FAAHPM, Member since 2005
ADVOCACY to amplify your voice
The Academy tracks critical issues and provides you with the information and tools required to be an effective advocate for your patients and your practice. Leveraging representation in Washington, DC, AAHPM promotes policies that will expand access to palliative care and hospice, grow the palliative care workforce, protect patient access to needed medications, and increase support for research in the field.
Whether responding to the latest regulatory threats, advancing palliative care and hospice in national quality initiatives, or working to ensure palliative care is recognized in emerging payment and delivery models, AAHPM fights for sound health policy that furthers the interests of patients and families facing serious illness and the professionals that care for them.
"Membership in AAHPM has been invaluable for me. Palliative care folks are 'my people', and AAHPM brings us together."
—Arif Kamal, MD MBA MHS FAAHPM, Member since 2010