A candidate for hospice and palliative medicine certification must have achieved initial certification in general pediatrics or in a subspecialty of pediatrics and continue to maintain certification in order to take a hospice and palliative medicine examination. No exceptions to this policy will be granted. The requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) can be found on the ABP website. All candidates are urged to ensure that the requirements for maintenance of certification will be met in sufficient time to allow acceptance to the subspecialty certifying examination.
Physicians who entered training in hospice and palliative medicine on or after July 1, 2010, are required to complete 1 year of training in a program accredited for training in hospice and palliative medicine by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. If training began before July 1, 2010, the experience must be consistent with requirements established by the ACGME or with the guidelines of the Palliative Medicine Review Committee (PMRC) of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The training must be under the supervision of a director who is certified in hospice and palliative medicine or, lacking such certification, possesses appropriate educational qualifications.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Website