Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Certification Examination

Hospice and palliative medicine is based on expanding scientific knowledge about symptom control when cure is not possible and appropriate care during the last months of life. Research, teaching, and practice efforts in this field have led to a vast increase in knowledge in the effort to relieve suffering of seriously ill patients and their families. Physicians who acquire subspecialist-level knowledge and skills in hospice and palliative medicine largely practice in one of two distinct professional roles: hospice medical director and institution-based palliative care practice.

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Examination is a comprehensive, one-day computer-based exam of multiple-choice questions in the single best answer format. The exam is designed to evaluate the extent of the candidate's knowledge and clinical judgment in all areas specific to hospice and palliative medicine. The exam is administered every other year by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

The ABA will grant up to 50 CME credits for 12 months of fellowship training in an ACGME-accredited subspecialty program, or in an anesthesiology subspecialty fellowship program sponsored by an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology program. To receive credit toward the MOCA® program, you need to have completed the fellowship in or after the year you received your initial certification in anesthesiology.