Becoming certified in HPM

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Exams Offered

Use the link below to learn more about the following hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) examination:

  • Successful completion of the HPM Certifying Examination is required for board certification in hospice and palliative medicine. Certification in HPM is offered in partnership with the American Board of Internal Medicine. The HPM Certifying Exam is a 10-hour, multiple-choice examination held in even-numbered years on a single day at computer-testing centers across the U.S.
  • To be eligible, exam applicants must be currently certified by the ABS in general surgery, in addition to completing the required training in HPM. The ABS will also accept current diplomates of other ABMS surgical boards, provided their primary certifying board supports their application.

Examination While in Residency

  • Individuals may complete an ACGME-accredited HPM training program following 3 progressive years of ACGME-accredited residency training and take the HPM Certifying Exam while still in residency. A guaranteed categorical residency position must be available to the individual following completion of HPM training. The certificate in HPM will not be awarded, however, until the individual has achieved primary certification.