Status and Verification of Certification
American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM) certification is valid for a period of eight years. Certificates issued by ABHPM display their expiration date.
Transition to ABMS Certification
ABHPM diplomates who wish to continue to be certified after expiration of their ABHPM certificate will need to take the new certification examination offered by ABMS or AOA. The grandfathering period for ABMS has ended. The grandfathering period for AOA will end in 2013.
ABHPM diplomates who also hold primary certification from one of the AOA or ABMS co-sponsoring boards will be eligible for the certification exam during the grandfathering period without completing a fellowship.
During the AOA grandfathering period, ABHPM diplomates may seek eligibility to sit for the exam through the following practice pathways; Pathway A, which requires at least 2 years and 800 hours of clinical involvement in subspecialty-level practice of hospice and palliative medicine during the 5 years prior to trhe application, including at least 100 hours of participation with a hospice or palliative care team and active care of at least 50 terminally ill patients (25 for pediatrics) or Pathway B, which requires prior certification by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM) with an expiration date of December 31, 2008, or later.
After the grandfathering period is over, only those who complete an AOA or ACGME-accredited hospice and palliative medicine fellowship will be eligible to sit for the ABMS or AOA certification exam.