Certificates of Added Qualifications

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    Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    The American Board of Family Medicine, in a joint venture with the American Board of Internal Medicine and eight other ABMS specialty boards, offers a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. This CAQ is designed to recognize excellence among certified family physicians who emphasize the care of seriously ill and dying patients with life-limiting illnesses in their practice. The examination for physicians seeking initial certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine is offered every other year. The recertification examination is offered annually.

    Certification Requirements

    • Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and must be Diplomates in good standing in order to apply and take the examination and must maintain primary Family Medicine Certification to maintain Hospice and Palliative CAQ.
    • Diplomates must hold an active, valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in any state or territory of the United States or any province of Canada and be in continuous compliance with the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct.
    • Diplomates must satisfactorily complete 12 months of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship training. Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship training taken prior to July 1, 2010, must be conducted within a program affiliated with an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency or fellowship program. Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship training undertaken July 1, 2010, and after must be accredited by the ACGME.  
    • Dipolomates must submit an online application with appropriate application fee.
    • Diplomates must achieve a satisfactory score on the one-day computer-based Hospice and Palliative Medicine Examination.

    Recertification Requirements
    The recertification process for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine certificate may be completed in the ninth or tenth year of the certificate and includes the following requirements:

    • Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and must be Diplomates in good standing at the time of the examination and must maintain primary Family Medicine Certification to maintain Hospice and Palliative CAQ.
    • Diplomates must hold an active, valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in any state or territory of the United States or any province of Canada and be in continuous compliance with the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct.
    • Diplomates must submit an online application with appropriate application fee.
    • Diplomates must achieve a satisfactory score on the one-day computer-based Hospice and Palliative Medicine examination.

    Important Dates:

       Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    2017 Candidate Information Booklet:

       Hospice and Palliative Medicine [159 KB]
       Examination Blueprint [313 KB]

    2016 Candidate Information Booklet:

       Hospice and Palliative Medicine [353 KB]
       Examination Blueprint [313 KB]

    Fellowship Training:

       Fellowship Performance Reports [334 KB]

    CAQ Rescore:

       Rescore


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