Are you seeking unique opportunities to network, collaborate, and share information with other members who practice in similar settings or have common interests?
AAHPM communities provide an arena for members to discuss a particular topic of interest and include:
Our communities meet quarterly virtually, host webinars, collaborate on abstract submissions for the Annual Assembly, and provide input to the Academy as thought leaders. With over 40 communities available, you will be sure to find a group that fits your particular interests.
AAHPM Connect is an engaging online discussion platform that contains practice-based discussion groups. This is the best place to ask for advice, share your expertise, exchange ideas, and most importantly, connect with other members by joining SIGs and forums discussion pages.
View a list of AAHPM's communities. You can join as many as you want to begin networking and sharing information with your peers.
AAHPM Connect is a member benefit. Not yet a member? Join AAHPM today to connect with a SIG or forum.
How to Join a Community
Want to be a part of our online discussion platform? AAHPM members can follow these steps to join.
- Log in to your AAHPM account.
- After you have logged in, select "My Account" in the top right-hand corner.
- Select "My Communities" on the left-hand side.
- Add a checkmark next to each community name you would like to join.
- Click "save".
Once you have joined, you will automatically be included in the AAHPM Connect community platform within 20 minutes.
Call for Community Leaders
Want to get more involved in the Academy?
Consider becoming a community leader - it is a wonderful opportunity to work with other Academy members and be part of the innovation in the field of hospice and palliative care.
Being a community leader is a three-year commitment:
- First year: serve as Chair-Elect - receiving mentoring from the current and outgoing Chairs while learning the roles and responsibilities.
- Second year: serve as the Chair (leader of the community) - leading community meetings and being the lead moderator for any webinar/invited speaker presentations.
- Third year: serve as the Past Chair - the veteran, providing input and guidance to the Chair and Chair-Elect.
Other duties include attending quarterly Community Leader Town Hall calls, posting community-related messages on Connect and planning, developing, and promoting virtual meetings/webinars throughout the year.
How to Apply and Eligibility
- Applicants must be a member of the SIG or Forum they apply for.
- Complete the application.
- Provide a 100-word statement of interest expressing why they want to become a leader of the community.
- Submit an up-to-date CV.
Applications will close February 8 at 5 pm CT.
Once applications close, voting ballots will be posted to each SIG or Forum's Connect page.
Notifications will be made in mid-February when voting closes.
Special Interest Groups, Forums, and Councils
View the complete list and description of each special interest group and forum below.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)Each SIG is typically populated with 4% or more of the total AAHPM membership. View the many SIGs that you can participate in on AAHPM Connect.
Cancer and Cancer Treatment - focuses on issues at the interface of cancer care and palliative and hospice care and serve as a forum to network and advocate to positively influence these areas for the benefit of patients, families and clinicians.
Early Career Professionals - focuses on education, networking and careers, and involvement with fellowship program development.
Education - provides a community for networking, identifying and sharing resources, and collaborating with those that share a passion for and interest in hospice and palliative medicine education.
Emergency Medicine - disseminates awareness and knowledge to other emergency medicine providers and those interested in supporting patients with serious illness that present to the emergency department at the generalist level and subspecialty levels.
Ethics - focuses on ethical issues particular to the delivery of palliative and hospice care.
Fellowship Directors - supports program directors in their endeavors to train and nurture capable, professional HPM trainees.
Global - aims to connect, inspire, and mobilize individuals who are passionate about seeing access to palliative care expanded globally through sustainable, culturally appropriate models of care delivery.
Heart Failure - identifies current knowledge and practice regarding palliative and hospice care for persons with heart failure.
Humanities and Spirituality - promotes a holistic, integrative approach to palliative medicine that acknowledges cultural, spiritual and psychosocial aspects of care of patients, families and caregivers.
ICU - explores and publicizes the unique needs of ICU patients and families and facilitates networking between palliative medicine providers with a specific interest in ICU patients and critical care.
Integrative Medicine - promotes educational and research collaborations and develops best-practices to serve the wellbeing of patients and practitioners while cultivating the values and goals of integrative medicine.
LGBTQ+ - works to improve the experiences of LGBTQ patients in palliative care settings by promoting patient outreach, patient advocacy, education and research and provides a supportive infrastructure for faculty development among LGBTQ-identified palliative care providers.
Long-Term Care/Geriatrics - promotes education and creates opportunities for hospice and palliative care clinicians to network, share expertise and advocate for potentially underserved and vulnerable geriatric populations in long-term care settings.
Medical Aid in Dying - provides members with a source of reliable clinical information regarding this end-of-life option.
Neuropalliative - intends to inspire and encourage the exchange of knowledge and experiences, establish best practices, and foster collaboration amongst neurologists, geriatricians, primary care providers, and hospice and palliative care providers to advance clinical care, education and research in hospice and palliative medicine.
Osteopathic - promotes collaborative professionalism with the AOA and provides information to physicians who wish to advance their palliative medicine specialization.
Outpatient Palliative Care - advocates in the palliative care and medical community for issues that are germane to the field and fosters communication between interprofessional outpatient palliative medicine providers.
Pharmacotherapy - works to investigate and promote the safe and effective use of pharmacotherapy interventions for patients with advanced illness.
Physician Assistants - focuses on the PA’s scope of practice: pain and symptom management, facilitation of family meetings, providing guidance to patients and their families with complex treatment choices, and coordination with other health care providers.
Primary Care - supports, develops and explores the systematic delivery of basic palliative care in primary care practices through education, advocacy, research, and leadership.
Program Chiefs - provides a forum for hospice and palliative medicine program leaders to discuss their administrative responsibilities and advance their program mission.
Psychosocial and Mental Health - allows for interfacing and synergy among the psychosocial care providers, promotes the field to other psychosocial care providers, assists with navigating the role of providing psychosocial care in hospice and palliative care settings.
Research - provides opportunities for researchers to network, build research collaborations, share strategies for designs, research funding, and the application of research findings to practice.
Rural - addresses issues of rural, semi-rural, and underserved areas to connect, network, and address clinical and regulatory issues, and share ideas for the development of educational offerings of collective interests. Includes physicians, ARNPs, PA-Cs, and other professionals working in hospice and/or palliative care programs as well as those who practice this care as part of their primary or specialty practices.
Safety Net - shares strategies for equitable access to quality palliative care; coordinates research initiatives relevant to reducing disparities and barriers in end-of-life care for racially and culturally diverse, medically underserved patient populations.
Substance Use Disorder and Diversion - promotes research into issues related to substance abuse and diversion in the palliative care and hospice population.
Surgical and Perioperative Care - improves the trajectories of care of patients with problems that may be treated with intervention or surgery, through interdisciplinary efforts geared toward better symptom management, goal-oriented decision-making, and appropriate utilization of advance directives.
Veterans - serve as a forum for education, advocacy, and collaboration; their mission is to improve the care of veterans in all settings and provide education about unique care needs of veterans.
ForumsForums are typically populated with 2% or less of the total AAHPM membership. View the forums you can participate in on AAHPM Connect.
Black Professionals, Patients, and Families in HPM - works to diversify and grow the membership of the subspecialty, through educational efforts to increase the number of Black medical professionals choosing to practice/provide hospice and palliative care.
Chronic Organ Failure - focuses on the unique unmet palliative care needs for patients living with serious illness related to chronic organ failure, including those with chronic respiratory, renal, and liver disease. Our overall goal is to support a multidisciplinary network of Palliative professionals dedicated to improving best practices for these patients and their caregivers through research, education, and clinical innovations.
Combined Clinicians - promotes collaboration in combined clinical care, education, career development/mentorship, research, and advocacy to bridge our pediatric and adult worlds further providing high-quality hospice and palliative care for all ages.
Early Investigators - provides a critical opportunity for peer support, collaboration, and development among early career researchers in the hospice and palliative medicine field.
East and South Asian Professionals, Patients, and Families in HPM - discuss and further stimulate interest in issues that affect these communities by exploring strategies to provide easy access and high-quality care.
Grief, Bereavement, and Resiliency - supports the workforce by studying how to manage caregiver grief and bereavement and study effective ways of promoting resilience for which we have insufficient data.
Latinx Professionals, Patients, and Families in HPM - works to improve the overall distribution of hospice and palliative care services to the Latino population in the United States by advocating and providing education and resources to colleagues, encouraging research in this realm, and providing a safe, nurturing environment to those clinicians providing hospice and palliative care to this community.
Safe Use of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies - engages clinicians and researchers in exploring the potential efficacy of psychedelic-assisted therapies to alleviate suffering among people with serious medical conditions.
Self-Care - seeks to provide real-time strategies for self-care for all members, including means for connection with other providers, resilience-building activities, and immersive experiences at the annual meeting.
Wellbeing, Wellness, and Burnout - supports the workforce by study, discussion, and dissemination of best practices in promoting clinician wellness from both organizational and individual perspectives.
Councils provide opportunities for engagement in the Academy and represent two of the Academy's largest constituent groups:
- Academic Palliative Medicine
- Hospice Medicine
Join a council to get involved.