All of the deadlines listed below are consistent with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the administrator of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Examination.  To avoid a late registration fee, begin your application, submit appropriate fee and advance beyond the payment page prior to the "First Deadline to Submit Online Application" deadline.  

2020 Important Examination Dates


Deadline Description  Date

Registration Begins

(online applications available)

February 14, 2020

First Deadline to Submit Online Application 

($1,300; no late fee assessed if application is advanced beyond payment page by this date)

May 4, 2020

ABIM Begins Sending Email Communications with Test Center Reservation Instructions

February 25, 2020

Final Deadline to Submit Online Application 

($1,400 includes $100 non-refundable late fee) 

June 15, 2020

Deadline to Submit Special Testing Accommodations Documentation

June 15, 2020

Deadline to Clear Pending Requirements

June 22, 2020

Deadline to Make Official Name Change with ABFM for Examination 

June 22, 2020

Deadline to Select Testing Date/Location 

(Please Contact Pearson VUE to make changes or select Test Center)

August 17, 2020

Deadline to Withdraw from Examination without Cancellation Fee

October 9, 2020

Certification & Continuing Certification Examination Date

October 19, 2020

Deadline to Complete Hospice & Palliative Fellowship Training

(Only applicable to physicians applying to take the certification examination)

January 31, 2021

Examination Results

To Be Determined