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“Good question bank for those planning on taking the hospice/palliative care board certification. Questions are accurately weighted to reflect the appropriate emphasis on the various sub-topics represented on the exam, including an appropriate mix of adult and pediatric questions. Answers are accurately explained, with up to date references. ”

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Hospice & Palliative Medicine Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Approach to Care
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Considerations
  • Impending Death
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Pain and Pain-Related Issues
  • Management of Nonpain Conditions
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Ethical and Legal Decision Making
  • Prognostication and Natural History of Serious Illness

Information About the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam

According to the ABIM, the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Certification Exam is designed to test the knowledge, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical judgment skills expected of a physician practicing in the domain of hospice and palliative medicine.

What is covered on the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam content is distributed in the following percentages as outlined in the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam Content Outline, and the BoardVitals question bank follows suit:

  • Prognostication and Natural History of Serious and Complex Illness 10%
  • Comprehensive Whole-Patient Assessment 20%
  • Managing Suffering and Distress 40%
  • Palliative Care Emergencies and Refractory Symptoms 5%
  • Management of Medical Interventions 6%
  • Impending Death and the Death Event 3%
  • Communication Skills 2%
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement 3%
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork, Quality, and Professionalism 2%
  • Quality and Compliance 2%
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects of Care 7%

How long is the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam is a one-day exam lasting approximately 10 hours, which includes a tutorial and break time.

How many questions are on the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam is made up of 240 multiple-choice questions in single best answer format.

In 2018, the First-Time Taker Pass Rate for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam was 91%.

Information About the AOA Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam

According to the AOA, the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Certification Exam covers the broad aspects of HPM that specialists practicing in the field are expected to know and assesses candidates' knowledge and clinical judgment in aspects of HPM required to perform at a high level of competence. Candidates who pass the exam will receive a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

What is covered on the AOA Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam content is distributed in the following percentages as outlined in the American Osteopathic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Examination Committee blueprint.

  • Approach to Care 7-12%
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Considerations 8-12%
  • Impending Death 6-10%
  • Grief and Bereavement 4-8%
  • Medical Management 40-46%
  • Communication and Teamwork 4-9%
  • Ethical and Legal Decision Making 6-10%
  • Prognostication and Natural History of Serious Illness 6-10%

How long is the AOA Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam is a one-day exam lasting approximately 4.5 hours.

How many questions are on the AOA Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam is made up of 200 multiple-choice questions in single best answer format.