Achieving and maintaining hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) certification through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) enhances the HPM initial and continuing certification processes for diplomates and assists them in maintaining a high level of knowledge, judgment, and skills in HPM.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved the ABS, along with the American Board of Gynecology (ABOG), American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR), American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and American Board of Radiology (ABR), to move from co-sponsoring boards to qualifying boards in HPM. This means that all HPM initial and continuing certification standards and activities have moved from these boards to ABIM.
ABS diplomates seeking specialty certification in HPM will complete the application and registration process through the ABIM. Those who achieve initial certification in HPM will become ABIM diplomates for this certification, and will maintain that certification through the ABIM.
As of 2022, ABS diplomates certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) moved to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to maintain their certification.
Note: Because the ABS is no longer offering HPM as an ABS specialty and HPM certificates are issued by ABIM, diplomates’ certification status for HPM will no longer appear on the ABS website or verification of credentials. To access the verification of credentials tool for ABIM, please visit the ABIM website or see the ABMS website www.certificationmatters.org.