The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Conjoint Committee administers the Hospice and Palliative Medicine subspecialty certification exam and Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain subspecialty board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Written Exam

1. In order to take the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Written Exam, applicants must have satisfactorily completed a one-year fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

2. The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Written Exam is offered once every August. The application period opens in March. The first deadline is July 1, with a late fee and the final deadline is Aug. 1.

Become Board Certified

3. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the HPM Conjoint Committee will recommend osteopathic board certification to the candidate’s Primary Board.

4. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.

5. You are now board certified. You will receive your certification in the mail within 10-12 weeks upon notification of approval.

6. Your primary certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

7. Maintain active licensure.

8. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

9. Complete the cognitive assessment module.

10. Complete the practice performance assessment.