Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine


The next Hospice and Palliative Medicine subspecialty certification exam is scheduled for 2016. Thereafter it will be offered every other year (e.g., 2016, 2018, 2020, etc). We encourage all physicians involved in Pediatric Palliative Care to seek certification.

Closure of Practice Pathway
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has established a policy for a closure date for the practice pathway for all subspecialties in which a certificate is offered. The certifying examination in 2012 was the last examination for which an individual could apply for certification in hospice and palliative medicine using practice experience accrued by the deadline stated in the original eligibility criteria when the subspecialty was established. Please contact the ABP if additional information is needed.

Time-Limited Eligibility for Initial Certification Examinations
Beginning with the examinations administered in 2014, the ABP will require that applicants have completed the training required for initial certification in the pediatric subspecialties within the previous 7 years (eg, 2007 or later for examinations administered in 2014). If the required training was not successfully completed within the previous 7 years, the applicant must complete an additional period of accredited training in order to apply for certification. The subspecialty examinations are offered every other year. Therefore, please note that the pediatric subspecialty examination may not be offered in the year the acceptance expires. The full policy can be found on the ABP Web site.

These criteria and conditions are subject to change without notice. All applicants are advised to contact the ABP to ascertain whether the information they have is current.

For more information about qualifying and registering for the board certification exam visit the American Board of Pediatrics.

For information on how to prepare for the exam visit the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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