Second HMDCB Examination Shows Continued Interest
More than 270 hospice physicians seeking to earn their HMDC® from the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB) took the second examination offered in May 2015. From the inaugural year in 2014 to the second administration in 2015, hospice administrators and physicians continue to show interest.
Some physicians follow varied career paths, leading them to affiliate with hospice programs in the middle of their careers. With hopes of addressing the significant work force shortage in the field, HMDCB offers an experiential pathway for qualified hospice physicians who desire a formal recognition process to validate their commitment and provide a solid foundation for their work in hospice. In 2015 nearly 60% applied through the practice pathway, the experiential pathway that grants eligibility to those who have demonstrated a minimum of 2 years serving as a hospice physician.